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Archaeologists are trying to decipher ‘magic spells’ etched onto tiny rolls of gold and silver that they found alongside skeletons of humans buried almost 2,000 years ago.

The remains were unearthed during excavations at an industrial site earlier this month, but the scrolls and their mishmash of languages have puzzled researchers.

Experts believe the inscriptions may have been used as spells to invoke good or evil spirits.

Archaeologists are trying to decipher 'magic spells' etched onto tiny rolls of gold and silver that they found alongside skeletons of humans buried almost 2,000 years ago. Miomir Korac, chief archaeologist at the Belgrade archaeology institute holds the golden amulet
Archaeologists are trying to decipher ‘magic spells’ etched onto tiny rolls of gold and silver that they found alongside skeletons of humans buried almost 2,000 years ago. Miomir Korac, chief archaeologist at the Belgrade archaeology institute holds the golden amulet

The alphabet is Greek, that much we know. The language is Aramaic – it’s a Middle Eastern mystery to us,’ Miomir Korac, chief archaeologist at the site in eastern Serbia, told Reuters.

The skeletons were found at the foot of a massive coal-fired power station where searches are being carried out before another unit of the electricity plant is built on the site of an ancient Roman city.

Last week, after carefully brushing away soil from the bones, Korac’s team found two amulets made of lead that, when opened, were each found to rolls of precious metal – silver and gold – covered in symbols and writing.

They believe the inscriptions are magic spells, taken to the grave to invoke divine powers to perform good or evil.

‘We read the names of a few demons, that are connected to the territory of modern-day Syria,’ archaeologist Ilija Dankovic said at the dig, as more skeletons from the 4th century were being uncovered.

The remains were found at the site of a power station where searches are being carried out before another unit of the electricity plant is built on the site of an ancient Roman city
The remains were found at the site of a power station where searches are being carried out before another unit of the electricity plant is built on the site of an ancient Roman city
Experts believe gold and silver scrolls unearthed with human remains in Serbia, may have been used as spells to invoke higher powers
Experts believe gold and silver scrolls unearthed with human remains in Serbia, may have been used as spells to invoke higher powers

The fragile, golden and silver scrolls – which once unrolled look like rectangles of foil similar in size to a sweet wrapper – may never be fully understood.

They are the first such items discovered in Serbia but resemble amulets of ‘binding magic’ found in other countries, Dankovic said.

‘They were often love charms, ordering someone to fall in love, but there were also dark, malignant curses, to the tune of: ‘may your body turn dead, as cold and heavy as this lead,’ he said.

The remains (pictured) were uncovered at a site just east of Belgrade. Experts say the scroll are written in careful Greek script in the language of Aramaic - the dead language of Jesus
The remains (pictured) were uncovered at a site just east of Belgrade. Experts say the scroll are written in careful Greek script in the language of Aramaic – the dead language of Jesus

Magic charms tended to be buried with dead children or adults who had suffered a violent death, Dankovic said, because of a belief that ‘souls of such people took longer to find rest and had a better chance of finding demons and deities and pass the wishes to them so they could do their magic.’

The archaeological team’s dig is on the site of the former Roman city of Viminacium, around 62 miles (100 km) East of Belgrade.

It was the Empire’s provincial capital which is believed to have had a population of 40,000. Its residents suffered from the maladies of the day, including plague in the 2nd Century, before the city was destroyed by Hun invaders and later the Slavs.

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