Mysterious ‘curse tablet’ found in Jersey field

Started by gash, July 16, 2017, 10:43:41 pm

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IT may look like nothing more than a discarded fishing weight or leftover scrap from a DIY project...

But this square inch of lead, found buried in a field in St Brelade, may contain a curse dating back to the 1st Century AD.

The faded brown parcel, which is folded at both ends, is believed to be a curse tablet - a means favoured by the Romans for either encouraging good fortune or heaping misery on an enemy.

The process was simple - inscribe the name of the recipient on the lead, along with a description of the required action, fold over the edges and bury it underground or toss it into a well.

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