Museum: Museum of London
Archaeological Unit: Museum of London Archaeological Services (MoLAS)
Status: Active Project
Objective: Other Heritage Action
On January 25th 2007 the DCMS issued a press release announcing their intention to place the “Temple of Mithras” on the protected List at Grade II.
The temple was discovered on the banks of the Walbrook in 1954, during excavation work for a new building. The Temple, originally thought to be an early Christian church, was then moved to a new site. It is as a result of planning permission sought by Legal and General for a New Building that the legal status of the temple has been debated.
Mithras was a Persian god much beloved of Roman soldiers during the days of the Western Roman Empire. In many ways, his story inspires the story of Jesus: Mithras was the bringer of light and saviour of the world. As a god brought to Britain long before Christianity, he is still revered within some British polytheistic Pagan traditions.
HAD Became involved in the consultation over the fate of the temple.
An article about the plans that Legal and General have for the site that contains the Temple
Ross Lydall; London Evening Standard: 4th August 2006
Pretty much the only reliable source of information on Mithras in the UK. This is Payam’s MySpace Site where you can find more information about Mithras amongst the other interesting pieces. You can see a recent clip of an interview with Payam on Channel 4 here.
The Museum of London is probaly the nearest Museum to the site and their director F.W.Grimes was involved in the original Dig.
Contact: HAD Office