Witch Bottle

June 17th, 2009 Posted in General

I came across this short article in British Archeology.  The piece is titled, The Bizarrest Bottle Ever Found.  I love stuff like this.  What is in there?? From the article:

“Witch bottles were commonly buried to ward off spells. Some 200 have been found in Britain, most of them glazed jars made in the late 16th or 17th centuries. Not one, however, was still sealed when it came to be analysed. Until now.

“We report the discovery and analysis of a witch bottle from Greenwich that had its contacts intact – and its cork in. Inside were bent nails and pins, a nail-pierced leather “heart”, finger nail clippings, navel fluff, hair, human urine and brimstone. Analysis of the urine indicated a smoker, and the state of the nail clippings a person of some social standing.”

Okay, ew.  But not too ew.

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  2. By Sayaka Nakai on Jul 27, 2009

    I was to read everything on this blog, but this one caught my eyes. I am ex-post-medieval archaeologist and this is bizarre!
    I may have to wait till they put it on-line.

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