HIDDEN CHARMS 3 (PB)
Edited by Jeremy Harte and Brian Hoggard
Humans in all societies of the world, for as long as anyone can discern, have taken the threat of supernatural forces seriously. As a consequence of this there are an enormous range of practices in existence which are designed to protect us from these forces.
The Hidden Charms conferences seek to bring together scholars working in this area to share ideas and discuss new research. The first was in 2016 in Norwich, the second in 2018 in Salisbury, and here we have the proceedings of Hidden Charms 3 which took place in St Mary's Creative Space, Chester on October 2nd 2021.
Here we welcomed speakers from Britain, Belgium and Ireland who spoke about skulls, building traditions, witchcraft in Cornwall, Brigid and the symbolism of the X amongst other topics.
- Introduction - Brian Hoggard
- Horse skulls and their use in magic - Brian Hoggard
- Rethinking the perception of magic and rituals in archaeological contexts and in material culture: A three-fold dialogue between field archaeologists, academics, and the public - Debora Moretti
- Arrow sharpening marks: An English church myth - Jeremy Harte
- Hiding in plain sight: Pagan protection rituals in popular celebrations of St Brigid in Ireland - Jeannine Woods
- Circles and a square: Magical protection at the Maison Forte de Reignac, a fortified dwelling in the Dordogne region of France - Linda Wilson
- X marks the post: The use of the X as an apotropaic symbol - Chris Wood
- Witchcraft and counter-magic in early twentieth-century Cornwall - Jason Semmens
- Apotropaic traces on building components: Beyond function and decoration - Marc Robben
- Tower of strength: Buildings archaeology and apotropaic symbols in medieval elite society - James Wright
- Where there’s muck, there’s magic: Recording meaningful marks in Peak District farm buildings - Andy Bentham
- Merels: Games, graffiti, symbols - Anthea Hawdon
- Notre Dame de Temniac: The landscape of a nineteenth-century altar back - Linda Wilson
- About the authors
This book is published by Apotropaios Publications.