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Magic has been practised for centuries, often as a kind of protection. It generally involves the use of certain rituals, in combination with special objects, images, words or gestures, to cause a supernatural effect.
Join Adam Parker of the Yorkshire Museum as he explains how archaeology allows us to find magic’s traces. Using objects from the Museum’s collections, Adam highlights some of the weird and wonderful amulets and charms Yorkshire people have used to protect themselves.
Adam Parker is Assistant Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum. He is studying for a PhD in Classical Studies with the Open University, researching the ‘Archaeology of magic in Roman Britain’.