#1 Edited by umbrafeline (5300 posts) - - Show Bio
Digital reconstruction of "Pluto's Gate" (Francesco D'Andria)

Digital reconstruction of "Pluto's Gate" (Francesco D'Andria)

It sounds like something out of a horror movie. But Italian scientists say that the “Gate to Hell” is the real deal—poisonous vapors and all.

The announcement of the finding of the ruins of Pluto’s Gate (Plutonium in Latin) at an archeology conference in Turkey last month, was recently reported by Discovery News. Francesco D'Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy, who has been excavating the ancient Greco-Roman World Heritage Site of Hierapolis for years, led the research team.

D’Andria told Discovery News he used ancient mythology as his guide to locate the legendary portal to the underworld. “We found the Plutonium by reconstructing the route of a thermal spring. Indeed, Pamukkale' springs, which produce the famous white travertine terraces originate from this cave.”

Scribes like Cicero and the Greek geographer Strabo mentioned the gate to hell as located at the ancient site in Turkey, noted Discovery, but nobody had been able to find it until now.

“Pluto’s Gate” has been documented in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, which noted in its description of ancient Hierapolis, “Adjoining the temple on the SE is the Plutoneion, which constituted the city's chief claim to fame. It was described by Strabo as an orifice in a ridge of the hillside, in front of which was a fenced enclosure filled with thick mist immediately fatal to any who entered.”

Strabo (64 B.C.- 24 B.C.) wrote, “This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell.”

The portal to the underworld seems just as bad for your health today. The professor said, “We could see the cave's lethal properties during the excavation. Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes.”

According to Discovery News, the fumes emanated from a cave below the site, which includes ionic columns with inscriptions to Pluto and Kore, gods of the underworld. Also discovered: the remains of a temple, and a pool and stairs placed above the cave. D'Andria is now working on a digital rendering of the site.

Amazingly, this isn’t the first entry to the underworld in the world. In the Karakum Desert, reports the Daily Mail, a fiery pit that’s been lit up for over 40 years has inspired visitors to Derweze in Turkmenistan—and on the Web. Geologists drilling in the area came across a natural gas cavern. Hoping to burn off the gas, they set it on fire. The flames continued to burn, leading locals to dub the site the “door to hell.”

#2 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8062 posts) - - Show Bio

Jesus first girl scouts, then mormons, now scientists!

Will you people please stay away from my dam door!

Theres a Do Not Disturb Sign there for a reason!

#3 Posted by Dragonborn_CT (21677 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh yeah suuuuuure...

#4 Posted by lykopis (10753 posts) - - Show Bio

Discovering "portals" like this is so rewarding as an archaeologist. Having insight to a way of life (and the belief system which carved so much man-made landscape) is fantastic and a testament to how amazing the human mind/imagination is.

Attributing natural death-traps like this to Hades etc, is so cool.

#5 Posted by Blood1991 (8098 posts) - - Show Bio

That is too flippin cool.

#6 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3501 posts) - - Show Bio

That's pretty cool. It's always interesting to see where the stuff of legends originated.

#7 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29499 posts) - - Show Bio

The origin of my mother revealed.

#8 Posted by deadpoolrules (4683 posts) - - Show Bio

So that's where all the lonely people come from?

#9 Edited by umbrafeline (5300 posts) - - Show Bio

Jesus first girl scouts, then mormons, now scientists!

Will you people please stay away from my dam door!

Theres a Do Not Disturb Sign there for a reason!

lol

The origin of my mother revealed.

dont let mom hear you say that or youll get the yardstick treatment

#10 Posted by King Saturn (223972 posts) - - Show Bio

very cool and interesting find...

#11 Edited by Dragonborn_CT (21677 posts) - - Show Bio

This is old news...

#12 Posted by Gwahlur_Rising (235 posts) - - Show Bio

Anybody else think the "Gate to Hell" actually looks pretty inviting?

#13 Posted by YoungJustice (6723 posts) - - Show Bio

I wonder what what happen if they actually found a portal straight to hell..

*enters dream*

Announcer: The Gate To Hell is now open! Only a $10 admission fee! We are not liable for any mental distress caused. Have fun!

#14 Edited by PrinceAragorn1 (16580 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber said:

Jesus first girl scouts, then mormons, now scientists!

Will you people please stay away from my dam door!

Theres a Do Not Disturb Sign there for a reason!

lol

#15 Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope (2388 posts) - - Show Bio

Well caves have always been huge beacons of philosophy, myth, legend and religion. So it's pretty cool that there is basis for such concepts in the real world, regardless i you believe in the supernatural or not.

#16 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (10064 posts) - - Show Bio

Is called Comic Vine!!!!

Hahahaha.......

#17 Edited by xNahtebx (274 posts) - - Show Bio

Lies lies lies! My mum always said it was under my bed O_O