Archaeologists in Serbia Unearth Ancient Spells, Tempt Fate

SerbiaIn Kostolac, Serbia, archaeologists uncovered a 2,000 year-old burial site that came complete with entombed skeletons and amulets containing scrolls inscribed with what appear to be Aramaic spells. The site was found under a coal-fired power station that was built over an ancient Roman city.

“We read the names of a few demons,” said archaeologist Ilija Dankovic. The amulets are said to resemble “binding magic” that were often love charms. But they were also “dark, malignant curses to the tune of ‘may your body turn dead, as cold and heavy as this lead’” which, in spite of its stellar rhyme, is definitely the sort of thing that results in sudden thunderclaps and crows scattering overhead.

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