SEALED AGAINST SPIRITS: THE STRANGE CASE OF RITUAL PROTECTION MARKS & COUNTER WITCHCRAFT MEASURES AT IGHTHAM MOTE MEDIEVAL MANOR, KENT

At Ightham Mote, Kent, a preliminary survey of the 14th century moated manor uncovered a series of apotropaic marks & evidence for past ritual practices. It appears that the intention had been to ward against the evil eye and to act, in some cases, as anti-witchcraft measures.

Apotropaic graffiti was found cut into the masonry of the building and many timbers displayed ritual ‘taper burn marks’ intended to inoculate the house against fire, lightning and ill-fortune

Further evidence came to light for the deployment of magical objects such as old boots and shoes concealed within the fabric of the building.

A series of ‘Marian Marks’ on one of the 17th century fireplaces in the manor (c) W Perkins 2019.

THIS IS A ‘HYBRID’ TALK BOTH IN PERSON & ONLINE VIA ZOOM

An Illustrated Talk by Wayne Perkins

BA (Archaeology), ACIfA (Associate Chartered Institute for Archaeologists)

Hosted by: Plaxtol Local History Group

Plaxtol Memorial Hall

13th September 2022 @ 8.00pm.

Admission £2

There is a charge for the Zoom Talk which will give you an annual subscription to the PLHG’s current archive, ongoing projects and all further Zoom presentations throughout the year.

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