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Doorways, ditches and dead dogs – material manifestations of practical magic in Iron Age and Roman Britain.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Materiality of Magic: An Artefactual Investigation into Ritual Practices and Popular Beliefs.
EditorsCeri Houlbrook, Nathalie Armitage
Place of PublicationOxford
Publisher or commissioning bodyOxbow Books
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9781785700101
DatePublished - 2015


This paper examines materialities of magic on Iron Age and Romano-British settlement sites. Using a few select case studies, this paper explores some interfaces between archaeological theory and praxis, and examines the problems of excavating and recording the potential evidence for ‘practical magic’ on developer-funded sites in Britain.

    Research areas

  • Iron Age, Romano-British, structured deposition, materiality, magic


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