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the gate to hell
11-20-2013, 09:56 PM #1
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Archaeologists digging in Turkey have found the guardians of the "Gate to Hell" -- two unique marble statues which once warned of a deadly cave in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, near Pamukkale.

Known as Pluto's Gate -- Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin -- the cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition. It was discovered in March by a team led by Francesco D'Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento.

"The statues represent two mythological creatures," D'Andria told Discovery News. "One depicts a snake, a clear symbol of the underworld, the other shows Kerberos, or Cerberus, the three-headed watchdog of hell in the Greek mythology."

Rolled onto itself, the snake looks threateningly toward anybody trying to approach it, while the 4-foot-tall Kerberos resembles the Kangal, the Anatolian shepherd dog.

"It's a pretty scary statue," D'Andria said.

The sculptures were found as archaeologists further excavated the area where in March they unearthed the remains of the Plutonium, which included an inscription dedicated to the deities of the underworld -- Pluto and Kore.read more

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11-20-2013, 11:33 PM #2
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Cool about the finds, but now they've opened up that cave which supposedly is filled with poisonous gas. Just from a quick google of poisonous cave gases, it seems people around the world are dying from this, as well I see a few warnings to treasure hunters.

I wonder if this is all a ruse and there is a treasure in the cave.
11-21-2013, 12:15 AM #3
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11-21-2013, 12:21 AM #4
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(11-21-2013, 12:15 AM)yankees Wrote:  İmage

I was gonna say through my older sister's front door...but that works too.

11-21-2013, 12:27 AM #5
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