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Prone burial of young girl found in Italy

The remains of a 13-year-old anemic girl, found buried face down, has been unearthed by archaeologists working in northern Italy. Dubbed by Italian media as “the witch girl,” the skeleton was unearthed at the complex of San Calocero in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera, by a team of the Pontifical Institute

Witch bottle found in England

What may be a witch bottle has been found during a dig at the site of Civil War Centre in Nottinghamshire, England. The green bottle, which is about 15cm (5.9in) tall, was probably used in the 1700s to ward off evil spells cast by witches, researchers believe. The witch bottles were usually

Mummified cat found bricked up in “witching country”

The remains of a mummified cat have been found bricked up behind a wall in Lancashire. The site is close to the supposed location of Malkin Tower, a ruin whose name echoes the spectral witches' cat Graymalkin in Macbeth. Three wizards and 17 witches were alleged to have plotted there to

Witch’s graveyard uncovered

The grave of a woman who died 800 years ago has been found in Italy, her jaw nailed to the ground to prevent her from rising from the dead. Another grave was also uncovered revealing a skeleton surrounded by 17 dice, an unlucky number. 'She was buried in bare earth, not

350-year-old witch trial diary put online

A 17th century notebook containing details about the trials of convicted witches in England has been published online. Click here to read it. The notebook written by Nehemiah Wallington, an English Puritan, recounts the fate of women accused of having relationships with the devil at a time when England was embroiled

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

17th century stone flask used to ward off witches unearthed

Archaeologists have unearthed a stone flask, buried 380 years ago to ward off witches. Inside were bent nails, human hair, urine, fingernail clippings and belly-button fluff. The 9-inch tall stoneware bottle was hailed today as the most important discovery of its kind - the only one ever found complete and unopened. It