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London’s Temple of Mithras Waits for New Home

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

(Public Domain, Gift de Cumont-Offenbach, 1939)LONDON, ENGLAND—A Temple of Mithras dating to 240 A.D. that had been taken down in the City of London for the construction of a new corporate building is still in storage. The dig is taking longer than had been expected because of the extensive Roman-era remains at the site. “The ground conditions are perfect for preserving organic remains and hundreds of metal, wood, bone, and leather artifacts and wooden structures are being recovered and recorded. These finds will contribute to our understanding of life in this part of Roman London and will help to tell the story of the development of the Mithras site,” said a representative of Museum of London Archaeology.