In this lecture Brian Hoggard will discuss the practice of concealing objects in buildings, something which was used to ward off evil influences. These practices are well known in secular buildings but it isn’t so widely known that it also occurred in churches. Objects like concealed shoes, dried cats, horse skulls and other animal bones, written charms and concealed bottles were just a part of the range of objects which have been recovered.
Brian Hoggard is an independent researcher who has been working on the archaeology of magical house protection since the late 1990s. He has a website at www.apotropaios.co.uk and a book on the topic which was published by Berghahn Books in 2019.
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