The Mystery Behind 2200 Year Old Gate To The Underworld Is Finally Solved
A cave present in the Hierapolis, present in modern-day Turkey is supposed to be the gate of the underworld. This cave was discovered by a team of archaeologists from University of Salento around 7 years back. The carbon dating method reveals its age to be around 2200 years old. This cave was named with reference to the Roman God of Underworld.
This place was initially used for the animals who were to be sacrificed. The gate was so deadly it killed many animals in its proximity but did not affect the priests who led these cattle over here. It was known earlier too that there is the presence of something which is deadly in nature and causes loss of lives, but this element affects animals more than human. A new paper containing research on this gate explains it all.
The Resolved Mystery
The Greek Historian Strabo stated that this place had so much of vapour and was misty that one could hardly see the ground and that any animal if taken in this area would face a sudden death like the sparrows he threw inside the gate, who fell to the ground very next instant. Even recently when the archaeologists went to the site, they saw the rumours true of the birds dying of suffocation in the vicinity.
The Reason Behind The Dying Animals Explained
One of the volcanologists from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Hardy Pfanz, discovered a seismic activity below the ground, where due to a deep fissure there is a presence of a large amount of carbon dioxide in the air. There were measurements taken in the area which helped in finding that this gas formed a lake which was 40cms above ground. Rain and wind helped in dispersing the deadly aroma.
The Strange Place
The concentration is so strong that it could kill even a human within a minute. As per professor Pfanz, these Eunuch priests stood above a rock on the ground surrounded by a bull or other animals. At this elevation, he could breathe for about 20 to 40 minutes. But still, nobody could enter the gate of hell without being asphyxiated.
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