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17th century witch-bottle found beneath parking lot in England

An intact witch-bottle, used to ward off witches and evil spirits, has been found beneath a car park in Staffordshire, England.

Andrew Norton, project manager from Oxford Archaeology, said: “This is a very interesting find. People were very superstitious during this period and would put items which came from themselves such as nail clippings and hair into a bottle to protect them from witches and evil spirits.

“This would then be buried at the front or back door of a building or placed in a chimney to ward off witches or evil spirits. We are going to analyse what is inside the bottle to see what it contains.”

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