Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Why was the shoe in the well?

I love this sort of news.


Anonymous rosewood said...

I'm reading a book by Ralph Merrifield called "Archaeology of Ritual Magic." the book is apparently his life's work completed after a life-time of finding evidence of ritual deposits in south-western England through the course of his career as a museum archaeologist. He said that he wasn't able to publish anything about this hinterest of his until after he retired. The book is full of great stories of ritual objects found in England and Europe. There's a whole section on things like ritual deposits of shoes, and another section on offerings to water dieties and the things they find in wells. But you probably already know about this book.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

It sounds like an interesting book; thanks for the reference.

I did hear a paper at a British archaeology conference in 1999 about clothing deposits in houses. Apparently as late as the early 19th century people were tucking items of clothing up in rafters, etc., apparently for some sort of magical purpose.

The presenter, a textile archaeologist, said that these deposits, if they can be conserved, offer rare examples of ordinary people's garments.

7:28 PM  

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