The same amphora
Now on display in the Roman London gallery at the Museum of London
I have been working at the Museum of London for 17 years, long enough that many objects in the Roman gallery seem like old friends. However, I rarely thought much about the exact circumstances of their discovery. When choosing photographs from the archives for an exhibition in October 2017, I finally saw the moments when several of the objects actually came out of the ground.
The second half of that exhibition, curated by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), reveals the fascinating story of the discovery of the temple of the Roman god Mithras in 1954. MOLA also conducted more recent excavations on the site in 2010-2014, prior to the construction of Bloomberg's new European headquarters.
Thousands of amazing objects were discovered during the 1954 and 2010-14 excavations, including the head of a statue of Mithras himself, which you can view in the Museum of London's Roman gallery. Many other fascinating artefacts are on display in London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE. This new cultural space, reconstructed on the location of the original Temple of Mithras, also showcases an immersive experience of the ancient temple as well as a series of contemporary art commissions that respond to the history of the site.
Find out more about London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE on their website.