Apr
18
9:30 AM09:30

Hidden Charms 3 - Chester, Saturday 18th April 2020

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Hidden Charms 3 is a one day conference all about magical house protection and related topics. Each speaker will talk for 20 minutes and then there are 10 minutes for in-depth Q&A afterwards. The morning and afternoon each have a 45 minute coffee break which is an excellent time to network and form collaborations or visit our two poster presentations.

Tickets for the event are £40 per person and are on sale now via www.apotropaios.co.uk/conference-2020.html

Poster presentations:
Chris Wood: 'X Marks the Post' - the use of the X as an apotropaic symbol.
Alison Fearn: ‘No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm’ - a discussion of the marks inside Donington le Heath Manor, Lecicestershire.

Lecture schedule:
09:30 Registration
10:00 Brian Hoggard: Horse skulls and their use in magic.
10:30 Debora Moretti: Rethinking the perception of magic and rituals in archaeological contexts: A threefold dialogue between field archaeologists, academics and the public.
11:00 Coffee at conference
11:45 Jeremy Harte: Arrow sharpening marks.
12:15 Jeannine Woods: Hiding in plain sight: Pagan protection rituals in popular Christian celebrations of Bríd/Brigid in Ireland.
12:45 Linda Wilson: Circles and a Square: magical protection at the Maison Forte de Reignac, a fortified dwelling in the Dordogne region of France.
13:15 Break for lunch (for you to organise your own in the city)
14:45 Alyssa Conary: Behind the Devil’s Shield – Hexfoils as Ritual Protection Marks on the Vernacular Architecture of Colonial New England.
15:15 Jason Semmens: Witchcraft and Counter-magic in the early twentieth-century Cornwall.
15:45 Coffee at conference
16:30 Marc Robben: Apotropaic traces on building components - beyond function and decoration.
17:00 James Wright: Tower of Strength: Buildings archaeology, ritual protection graffiti and the use of apotropaic motifs in elite architecture.
17:30 End of conference

Tickets for the event are £40 per person and are on sale now via www.apotropaios.co.uk/conference-2020.html

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Jul
7
9:00 AM09:00

History Camp Boston: Behind the Devil's Shield: Counter-Magic in Early New England

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Early New England ministers took a hard line against the practice of magic. All magic, whether harmful or beneficial in intention, was believed to be demonic. The archaeological, architectural, and documentary records show us that things weren't so black and white for their congregations. This lecture will explore evidence for the practice of protective counter-magic in seventeenth and eighteenth-century New England, including witch bottles, deliberate concealments, and ritual marks on historic timber.

This talk presented as a session at History Camp Boston 2018

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Mar
25
3:00 PM15:00

Behind the Devil's Shield: Counter-Magic in Early New England

Early New England ministers took a hard line against the practice of magic. All magic, whether harmful or beneficial in intention, was believed to be demonic. The archaeological, architectural, and documentary records show us that things weren't so black and white for their congregations. This lecture will explore evidence for the practice of protective counter-magic in seventeenth and eighteenth-century New England, including witch bottles, deliberate concealments, and ritual marks on historic timber, a few right here in Salem, Massachusetts!  

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Jan
13
6:00 PM18:00

Behind the Devil's Shield: Counter-Magic in Early New England

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Early New England ministers took a hard line against the practice of magic. All magic, whether harmful or beneficial in intention, was believed to be demonic. The archaeological, architectural, and documentary records show us that things weren't so black and white for their congregations. This lecture will explore evidence for the practice of protective counter-magic in seventeenth and eighteenth-century New England, including witch bottles, deliberate concealments, and ritual marks on historic timber, a few right here in Salem, Massachusetts!  

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