Roman altar stones found in Scotland

Published on March 24th, 2011 | by Admin


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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