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Hidden Charms 3 - Chester, Saturday 18th April 2020

  • St. Mary's Creative Space Chester, UK (map)

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.

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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

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