NY7766 : Temple to Jupiter Doilchenus, Vindolanda

taken 8 years ago, near to Henshaw, Northumberland, Great Britain

Temple to Jupiter Doilchenus, Vindolanda
Temple to Jupiter Doilchenus, Vindolanda
The temple at the north-west end of the stone fort, close to the north gate, was found in 2009. in front of it were two altars. One was complete with the relief of the weather god, Jupiter Dolichenus, riding a bull with a lightning bolt in one hand and an axe in the other LinkExternal link
The find took place on day two of the 2009 summer season by a volunteer couple on their first excavation. The temple is dated to around AD220 and was probably erected by a commanding officer of the 4th cohort of Gauls. The weather god, Dolichenus, originated in the region of south-east Turkey, and was widely adopted by the Romans in the C2nd. The temple was destroyed by fire around AD370 when paganism was being replaced by Christianity.
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Vindolanda Roman Fort
Vindolanda was a Roman auxiliary fort (castrum) just south of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland. Located near the modern village of Bardon Mill, it guarded the Stanegate, the Roman road from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth. It is noted for the Vindolanda Tablets, among the most important finds of military and private correspondence (written with ink on wooden tablets) found anywhere in the Roman Empire.
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Tuesday, 13 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 22 March, 2012
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