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Altar of Inveresk with a griffin

This second altar discovered to date near Inveresk includes several elements unusual in Mithraic worship.
Inveresk altar with griffin.

Inveresk altar with griffin.
AOC Archaeology Group 

The New Mithraeum
29 Jan 2022
Updated on Sep 2023

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Local sandstone altar found in 2010 in what must have been a wooden Mithraeum built in the middle of a field, not far from the fort of Inveresk, near the Antonine Wall.

It was carefully laid face down next to another altar of the same construction dedicated to Sol. Both monuments, of very fine workmanship, were dedicated by a Roman citizen, a centurion who had belonged to the XX legion stationed there from the 140s until his departure in 165, a date that must have marked the end of the mithreum's operation and its abandonment in accordance with the ritual rules of burial.

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Mithraeum of Inveresk

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Altar with openwork of Inveresk

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