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Ritual and religion

Votive altar, Birrens

Period:
Roman Period
Description:

A small altar-shaped stone, with an inscription in irregular but well-cut and clear lettering: FORTVNAE VOTVM. Made from pale greyish sandstone and found at Birrens in 1886. From the description this is a small altar to the God of Fortune. Plain with a simple rectangular column, altars to Fortune or chance were particularly popular gods with soldiers, as was victory.                                            

Materials/Media:
stone & sedimentary rock & sandstone
Dimensions:
height (max): 265 mm width (top): 135 mm depth (top): 110 mm width (base): 160 mm depth (base): 115 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1951.53.2
Digital Number:
RPD0170
RCAHMS site record:
Birrens Roman Fort