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The bottle, obviously buried a long time ago, was identified by archaeologists as a "witch bottle," meant to provide protection from witches' spells.
But the evil spells could be fended off by trapping them in a "witch bottle," which if properly prepared, could even reflect the spell and torment the witch until the spell was removed, allowing the victim to recover.
But even today, the internet offers numerous formulas for witch bottles promising to protect against entities, spirits, demons and negative energies.
Washington, October 30 (ANI): Archaeologists have found a 17th-century witch bottle meant to fight evil spirits close to a former pub in England.
The witch bottles during the seventeenth age can be compared to "a modern equivalent of hanging a horseshoe on your door," according to Norton.
The 17th-century "witch bottle" is thought to be the first ever found that has not been broken.
Among the finds recorded are a Victorian witch bottle found by builders in Lincolnshire, an extremely rare gold aureaus coin of Nero (65-68 AD) discovered in Cornwall and a 13th-century silver gilt brooch found in Northamptonshire.
The witch bottle, believed to be dated about 1820, was found under a house in Lincolnshire.
According to a report in the Telegraph, the witch bottle was discovered in a pit beneath a back room on the site of the Turk's Head Inn at Tipping Street car park in Stafford.
London, June 4 (ANI): A "witch bottle" commonly used to ward off evil spells during the late 16th and 17th centuries has been found intact, containing finger nail clippings, hair and pins.
Objects such as witch bottles, dried cats, horse skulls, written charms and markings, which have been carved onto surfaces, are all testimony to beliefs that were once commonplace.