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Roman altar stones found in Scotland

Two rare Roman altar stones, bearing inscriptions relating to the god Mithras, have been found in Musselburgh, Scotland.

The first stone has side panels showing a lyre and griffon as well as pictures of a jug and bowl, objects which would be used for pouring offerings on the altar.

The front face bears a carved inscription dedicating the altar to the god Mithras – the furthest north that such dedications have been discovered.

Mithraism was a religion in the Roman Empire from the 1st to 4th Centuries and the worshippers had a complex system of initiation grades.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons, BBC News

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