Rituals of Hidden Rubbish
Thu, 01 Jul | zoom.us

Rituals of Hidden Rubbish

This lecture examines the old practice of hiding bunches of old clothing in building walls Protection? Magic? Archaeologist Wayne Perkin considers what people had hoped to achieve.
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01 Jul, 19:00 – 21:00
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About The Event

Archaeologists regularly discover collections of worn-out clothing hidden in the walls of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century buildings. In this illustrated lecture archaeologist Wayne Perkins considers what people had hoped to achieve by making these deposits, focussing on possible magical purposes. He weighs up the options: foundation deposits, sympathetic magic, protection against curses, or guards against witches' familiars. This is a live talk with Q & A afterwards. Wayne raises questions, shows examples, and provokes thought about magic and counter-magic.

Wayne Perkins is an archaeologist of many years' experience, whose current work focusses on English and European folk belief as evidenced in medieval and early modern architectural remains.

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