Mythical creature marble statues unearthed in Hierapolis

Published on November 25th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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3.statues-gate-to-hell-guardians-found-131118-670x440 Two marble statues, one of Cerberus, the three-headed dog, and the other of a coiled snake, have been unearthed at Pluto’s Gate in the ancient city of Hierapolis.

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.

[Full story] Story: Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News | Photo: Francesco D’Andria

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