Witch Repellent Bottles
During the 17th century, the belief in witchcraft was at a high point and common folk were left struggling for a means of protecting themselves from harmful spells. At least, that’s what they thought at the time, and in 2004, one of these unusual methods was unearthed in Greenwich, South London. The ornate bottle, dated around 380 years old, was thought to reflect a witch’s spell back on herself, often used by people that thought their illness was the doing of witchcraft. Within the unearthed artifact, archaeologists found human hair, fingernail clippings, belly-button lint, sharp tools, and, best of all, traces of urine. Though not the first of its kind, this 9-inch or roughly 22-centimeter tall witch bottle was the most complete specimen to have been discovered.