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Mithraeum of Inveresk

The Mithraeum of Inveresk, East Lothian, is the first found in Scotland, and the earliest securely dated example from Britain.
 
 
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19 Aug 2021
 
  • Altars to the Mithras and Sol of the Mithraeum of Inveresk

    Altars to the Mithras and Sol of the Mithraeum of Inveresk
    Current Archaeology 

  • Laser-scanning of the Sol altar of the Inveresk Mithraeum

    Laser-scanning of the Sol altar of the Inveresk Mithraeum
    Current Archaeology 

 

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Excavations to the east of the Roman fort of Inveresk in 2010 partly uncovered remains of a Mithraeum – the first from Scotland, and the earliest securely dated example from Britain.

A large rectangular sunken feature with lateral benches contained two altars buried face down at its north-western end. One was dedicated to Mithras, with iconography of both Mithras (ravens and a torch) and Apollo (griffin, lyre and a probable plectrum) as well as libation vessels. The other was dedicated to Sol, with a frieze above showing the four Seasons.
 
 

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