A set of crudely cut conjoined ‘V’s’ scratched into a hood mould stop over the south-east doorway behind the sanctuary in St Clement’s church, Sandwich. The symbol is often associated with entrances and thresholds; the Marian mark can appear in either its ‘W’ or ‘M’ forms. It is also one of the few graffiti symbols that appears in both large scale and minuscule forms and is often incorporated into moulded and sculpted features. Recent studies of graffiti letters and initials have not yet convincingly banished the Marian Mark from the list of possible apotropaics.
Published by Wayne Perkins
I am an archaeologist with over twenty years of experience. After a decade or so working as a volunteer on excavations in the 1990’s, I undertook my degree in Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. In the last year of my degree I helped to supervise the university’s annual excavations. Directly after my exams I began my career in Commercial Archaeology as a Field Archaeologist with Oxford Archaeology and remained there for four years. Anticipating a career in archaeology in France I volunteered on excavations at Rom and at Prisse-la-Charriere, Niort (for Poitiers & Rennes University respectively). In due course I worked for the States’ premier scientific organization, I.N.R.A.P. (Institut Nationale des Récherches Archéologiques Préventives) as well as for a number of private companies. I returned to the UK in 2013 and resumed my role as a Supervisor, undertaking projects around Oxfordshire with John Moore Heritage Services before moving to London in 2014. I now undertake Historic Building Surveys and supervise urban excavations in the City of London as well as overseeing rural excavations in surrounding Sussex, Surrey & Kent. Wayne Perkins BA Hons (Archaeology) ACIfA (Associate Member, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists) View all posts by Wayne Perkins