Cursed Tablet of The Island of Jersey

According to the Jersey Evening Post, on mid July 2017, Ken Rive, a metal detectorist found a mysterious tiny tablet in a field in the Saint Brélade parish of Jersey. Robert Waterhouse, field archaeologist for the Société Jersiaise, which is now in possession of the tablet, said it is believed to date back to between the 1st and 3rd Century AD. The faded brown parcel, which is folded at both ends, is believed to be a curse tablet – a means favoured by the Romans for either encouraging good fortune or heaping misery on an enemy. But the curse – and the identity of the intended target – could remain a mystery.

The process was simple – inscribe the name of the recipient on the lead, along with a description of the required action, fold over the edges and bury it underground or toss it into a well. Often, the tablets would ask the gods or spirits to intervene to bring about happier times. But they were also used to try to bring misfortune a foe.

A number of curse tablets previously found in Greece centred on court cases, often wishing that the opposing party fluffed their performance in court or collapsed.


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