Friday, 20 July 2007

'Temple of Mithras to be taken back to its original site...'

'An ancient temple regarded as the most important Roman discovery in the City of London for a century is going back to its original home.

The Temple of Mithras, which dates from the third century, was discovered in the Fifties during construction work in Walbrook Square... The temple's remains, which were given listed status this year, will now be carefully dismantled and relocated in a large exhibition centre, open to the public, in the basement of one of the new Legal & General buildings.' (See here for more.)

Is it significant than a former temple site is now occupied by a financial services company? And that a place sacred to Mithras, of strategic importance to Roman Britain, should have morphed into the City: powerhouse of the Empire, and dark heart of the global conspiracy?

Thoughts which lead us back to a story from December last year: a clipping which, for no good reason, I have carried in my wallet since that time.

'The Roman map of London may have to be re-drawn after an ancient grave was found near Trafalgar Square. The limestone coffin, containing a headless skeleton dating back to about 410AD, was uncovered during excavations at St Martin-in-the-Fields. The famous church lies outside the boundaries of what were the city walls of Roman London. Archaeologist Taryn Nixon said: 'This means we will have to re-think what Roman London really was.'

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1 comment:

David said...

The skulls in the Wallbrook. The dead dog corpses crucified in the ghost station tunnels around St. Pauls. Such a rich and lovely area.