Saturday, April 6, 2013

"Gate to Hell" discovered by archaeologists in Turkey

As reported by the Toronto-based National Post, April 2, 2013:

Archaeologists have discovered a “gate to hell” at a dig site in Turkey.

The ruin is known as Pluto’s Gate, and was fabled as the doors to the underworld in both Greek and Roman traditions. The gate is known as the Plutonium in Latin.

The cave where the ruins were located emit dangerous and poisonous gasses, much like the gate was said to do in Greek mythology...

Go here for the original Discovery News article.

This "Gate to Hell" is similar to the "Door to Hell" near Derweze, Turkmenistan; it was discovered by Soviet geologists in 1971 when they drilled into a natural gas chamber and ignited the gas, which has been burning ever since. The urban legend site Snopes doesn't mention it, but I wonder if the Soviets' discovery of the "Door to Hell" may be connected (in addition to the Russian well mentioned by Snopes) with the "Well to Hell" urban legend that was popular in charismatic circles circa 1989-1990, according to which geologists in Siberia had drilled a hole so deep into the Earth that when they lowered microphones down the well, they could hear the screams of tormented souls.

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