Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Fire, some believe, is the one constant.
Being under the earth’s heat and pressure can stunt DNA, causing skin and organ damage. It has a significant effect on the environment, and can even kill you.
But things are heating up on land. Not least of all on May 23, the night local legend says a fire started by an eagle accidentally broke out in the woods of central Europe.
This 4,000-year-old eaglet was apparently the victim of a fire that has been burning beneath the ground since May 23,000 years ago. Courtesy Chris Lewis
It is claimed that an eagle landed on the ground and stepped on a fire, burning off the flesh of the host.
Some 4,000 years later, a group of volunteers travelled to Belgium to uncover the burning fire underneath a farm in Gemert, a town in the northern Ardennes region. Their findings are being shown to the public this week.
They described the “rare and fragile site” in a press release, with evidence of fires in other wooded areas dating back to 3,000 years before their discovery there.
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