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Tresure chest found in Pompeii

Published: 22/08/2019 By The Abode Team

Archaeologists have uncovered a trunk at Pompeii containing a vast variety of fascinating objects that may have been part of a 'sorcerer's treasure trove'. The objects included crystals, amber and amethyst stones, buttons made of bones, beetles from the orient, amulets, dolls, bells, miniature penises, fists and even a tiny skull. They were found at the Casa del Giardino, the same area where an inscription was recently uncovered which has made historians change the date of when they think the Vesuvius eruption that destroyed Pompeii took place, shifting it from August 24 to October 24 79 AD.

Apparently the trunk contains dozens of good luck charms and other objects attributed with the power of crushing bad luck. It is thought that the objects belonged to a servant or slave rather than the owner of the house as the chest did not include any gold; a wealthy resident of Pompeii would almost certainly have had charms etc. fashioned out of gold. The experts suggest that perhaps the objects may have been used in rituals for fertility, seduction, or to seek good omens for a birth or pregnancy and that the necklaces found were presumably worn for rituals rather than for elegance.