A Mithraeum was excavated by the Yale University Expedition to Dura Europos, Syria. Photographs from the archive of the Yale Art Museum.


Pottery theriomorph (vessel shaped like an animal; maybe in the shape of a loaded camel?) from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. It appears to accept liquid in the funnel like feature on the animals back and allow liquid to escape from the animals mouth. This could easily be a child's toy, but there is a good chance that it was a vessel used for making libation offerings in the Mithrus Temple or at other shrines. Reg. no. 1938.4956 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Two images (1930s vs. 1990s) of the stone altar from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Scale in the blank-and-white photograph is in centimeters. Reg. no. 1938.5413 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Amethyst bead from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1938.4389 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Done die from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1933.402b [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Bone knife handle from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1938.860 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Bone pin from the military barracks near the Mithraweum. Reg. no. 1938.426k [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Bone ring from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1933.414a [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Bronze bell from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1933.1974 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Bronze scale from armour from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1933.4127 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Bronze pin/stylus from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1933.2901 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Bronze buckle (type 4) from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1933.2085 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Carved bone (pin?) from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1933.405b [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Glazed, two handle pottery jug from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Toll (1943:45, Figure 23.1935.72) descibes this as a group C jug with a rounded eegg-shaped body. This jug is a blue glaze ove a yellowish gray body. Height = 12.7 cm and diameter = 7.6 cm. Reg. no. 1935.72 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Three handle pottery jug with applied designs under the glaze from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Toll (1943:33, Figure 17, Plate XII) reports that this is a green glazed vessel measuring 26.5 cm in height. Reg no. H-86. [Yale University Art Museum Archives].



Glazed flat bottom jug with a single twisted handle from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Toll (1943:36, Figure 21,1935.514, Plate XIV) describes this vessel form as tentatively dated to the third century AD and that all examples were found inside the urban area (none in the tombs). This vessel has a greenish blue glaze on the exterior and a white glaze on the interior. Height = 22 cm and diameter = 21.5 cm. Reg. no. 1935.514 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Single handle glazed jug from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


"Commonware" pitcher with "slashed" decoration that was found in excavation area J7 - the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Dyson 1968:40, plate IV.246) describes this pottery vessel as 19 cm in height and 15 cm in diameter. Reg. no. 1934.432. [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Painted sherd of glass (original image is blurred) from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1934.587 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Wooden flute from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1934.5 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


"Fancy" wooden handle from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1934.4881 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Another "Fancy" wooden handle from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1934.4881 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


"Fibula from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no. 1934.4881 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Pierce-work metal belt strap from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Noth (1939:388 - 390) felt that this artifact was not manufactured locally, but came from a distant source such as the metal workers on the Danube. The design eappears to be a dog capturing/carrying a rabbit. Frisch and Toll (1949:21, Figure V.54) report that the metal artifact measures 6.1 cm in length, 2.2 cm in width and 2 to 5 mm in thickness. Noth (1939:388) notes that the artifact was discovered near the west wall, but that it exact findspot was unknown. [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Two metal armour scales from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no 1938.4114[Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Fragment of a silver phalaron from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. A phalaron is a shield-shaped baldric fastener; a baldric is a belt worn over one shoulder that allows a sword or heavy weapon to rest at waist height. Reg. no 1938.4498 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Elaborate silver phalaron from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no 1938.33 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


Bronze tweezers from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no 1938.3013 [Yale University Art Museum Archives].


"Spindle whorl out of ground stone from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no 1938.4154[Yale University Art Museum Archives].


"Fragment of marble used as a grinder from the military barracks near the Mithraeum. Reg. no 1933.386[Yale University Art Museum Archives].

Fisch, Teresa G., and N. P. Toll
1949 The Excavations at Dura Europos - Preliminary Report of the seventh and eighth seasons of work: 1933 - 1934 and 1934 - 1935. Yale University Press, New Haven.

North, N.
1939 The Excavations at Dura Europos Final Report - The Bronze Objects. Yale University Press, New Haven.

Rostovtzeff, M. I. et al.
1939 The Excavations at Dura Europos - Preliminary Report of the seventh and eighth seasons of work: 1933 - 1934 and 1934 - 1935. Yale University Press, New Haven.

Toll, Nicholas
1943 The Excavations at Dura Europos Final Report - The Green Glazed Pottery. Yale University Press, New Haven
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