Ancient silver and gold scrolls inscribed with magic spells have been discovered in Serbia by archaeologists.
Scientists in Kostolac found skeletons that are nearly 2,000 years old near a coal plant this week. Tiny scrolls — some the size of candy wrappers — near the remains contain curses and a few added puzzles for researchers to solve.
“The alphabet is Greek, that much we know. The language is Aramaic — it’s a Middle Eastern mystery to us,” said Miomir Korać, the chief archaeologist at the site, Reuters reported Tuesday.
Fellow archaeologist Ilija Danković added that they “read the names of a few demons that are connected to the territory of modern-day Syria.”
Gold coins and other amulets were also found at the site. The amulets are said to resemble those linked with “binding magic” found in other countries.
“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,’” Mr. Danković said.