Archaeologists in Pompeii find amulets and charms that may have been used by Roman sorcerer

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Archaeologists in Pompeii have discovered a treasure trove of good luck charms and fertility amulets which they think may have been used for casting spells by an ancient Roman sorcerer.

The collection includes tiny carved phalluses, pieces of bone shaped as human skulls and fists, small bronze bells which would have been rung to ward off bad luck, and scarab beetles made from amethyst.

There are fertility symbols made from turquoise, pieces of crystal and amber beads from a necklace.

Archeologists discovered the objects in a horde hidden in a room in the Casa del Giardino, or House of the Garden.

Glass beads are decorated with images of the god Dionysus and dancing satyrs.



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