Archeologists working in Pompeii say they have uncovered a "sorcerer's treasure trove" of artifacts, including good-luck charms, mirrors and glass beads.
In what sounds like the opening scene for every horror movie ever, a team of archeologists digging into the ruins of Pompeii have found a 'sorcerer's treasure trove' of stuff, including mystic mirrors, glass beads, and good luck charms. Most of the items were commonly owned by women at the time of Pompeii's destruction, and they were found in a room alongside the bodies of ten women and children.
Ever since the explosion at the nearby Mt Vesuvius buried the city in AD 79, archaelogists have been sifting through the ruins looking for artifacts that have been preserved in volcanic ash. This particular find was located in a wooden box that had long since rotted away but the ash had kept the shape around the items.
Massimo Osanna, director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, spoke to Italian news agency Ansa about the findings, which were reported in the BBC.
"They are objects of everyday life in the female world and are extraordinary because they tell micro-stories, biographies of the inhabitants of the city who tried to escape the eruption," Mr Osanna said.
Archaeologists are now trying to establish kinship ties between the bodies found in the house via DNA analysis.
"Perhaps the precious box belonged to one of these victims," Mr Osanna speculated. The items in the box may have been worn during rituals as charms against bad luck, rather than as ornamentation, he said.