'Gate To Hell' In Turkey: Pluto's Gate Found By Italian Archaeologists At Site Of Ancient City [REPORT]
The "Gate To Hell" has reportedly been found by Italian archaeologists in southwestern Turkey. The "Gate To Hell" -- which has also been called "Pluto's Gate," "Plutonion" and "Plutonium" -- was referenced in Greco-Roman mythology. The site was known for emitting fatal carbon fumes, which is why is was rumored to be the passageway to the underworld.
Although the "Gate To Hell" is known among Greco-Roman mythology experts, the site has never been pinpointed in the real world. Thanks to a small team of Italian archaeologists, Greco-Roman mythology experts may have a real world location to imagine next time they study the old texts. The Italian archaeology team was able to deduce that the "Gate Of Hell" was in Turkey because it was most likely located in the ancient site of the Phrygian city Hierapolis, which is now Pamukkale.
"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," the Greek geographer Strabo (64/63 BC -- about 24 A.D.) wrote. "I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell."
The announcement of the "Gate To Hell" discovery made in Turkey was announced at a conference on Italian archaeology. The archeological team working on the discovery was led by Francesco D'Andria, who is a professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento. The professor was doing extensive research at the World Heritage Site of Hierapolis.
D'Andria has been examining the World Heritage Site of Hierapolis for several years, but only recently made the discovery. "We found the Plutonium by reconstructing the route of a thermal spring," he said. "Indeed, Pamukkale' springs, which produce the famous white travertine terraces originate from this cave."
The archaeological site that the group is working on has been operating since 1957. Hierapolis of Prygia is one of the most visited archaeological and natural sites in the Mediterranean and the University of Salento estimates that roughly 1.5 million visitors travel to the site each year. The site is filled with several thermal waters that flow through concrete ruins. There's also a well-preserved Roman theater among many other dilapidated parts of the ancient city.
"This is an exceptional discovery as it confirms and clarifies the information we have from the ancient literary and historic sources," said Alister Filippini, a researcher in Roman history at the Universities of Palermo, Italy, and Cologne, Germany, to Discovery News.
Here's how people on Twitter are reacting to the news that the "Gate To Hell" may have been found in Turkey:
"Gate to hell found in Turkey? Man, I always thought that was in Jersey! Bazinga! http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/04/01/gate-to-hell-found-in-turkey/?cmpid=NL_FNTopHeadlines ...," tweetd Steve Sebelius.
"The gate to hell has been found in Turkey, but where is the highway to hell I've heard songs about?" tweeted Tyler.
"'Gate to Hell' found in Turkey? I thought it was in Sunnydale. http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/04/01/gate-to-hell-found-in-turkey/?intcmp=related ...," tweeted Tiffany Reisz.