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Thu, 05 Mar


Treadwell's Books

SOLD OUT Marks against Evil

A lecture on the magical symbols carved on buildings to guard against the Evil Eye and witchcraft.

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Time & Location

05 Mar 2020, 19:30 – 21:00

Treadwell's Books, 33 Store St, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7BS, UK

About The Event

Forming spirit traps, making witch bottles and concealing mummified cats in buildings: these were regular practices in the early modern period (c. 1650-1800). But what were people afraid of? Archaeologist Wayne Perkins specialises in studying these activities (known as 'apotropaics') and tonight he shares the current state of research, his own findings, and many intriguing examples. Be ready to learn about the coded shapes which speak to matters of the Evil Eye, the dangers of childbirth and the unwanted attentions of the many supernatural beings - the restless dead, wandering spirits, revenants, vampires, fairies and demons. And perhaps even more local mortal dangers like unfriendly neighbours' curses.

Wayne Perkins is an archaeologist with over twenty years of experience. He has worked on archaeological sites in England for 13 of those as well as for seven in France for the Institut Nationale des Récherches Archéologiques Préventives. He is currently in the UK undertaking Historic Building Surveys and supervising archaeological excavations in and around the City of London. He is a lively and engaging speaker and we are honoured to host him.


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