This discovery is considered the latest evidence of how the ancient Greeks tried to use “magic” 2300 years ago.
A ceramic vase dating back about 2300 years, inside filled with the bones of a headless chicken with a large iron nail driven through the vase has just been found recently in Greece. According to many archaeologists, this strange ceramic vase is believed to be part of an ancient curse.
It is known that archaeologists discovered the above ceramic vase during the renovation of the Classical Trade Center Agora (Greece). Thousands of years ago, this place used to be the working place of Greek craftsmen.
Subsequent analysis revealed that the entire exterior of the vase was filled with characters, which were believed to be the names of the 55 ‘victims’ targeted by the curse. However, due to the effects of time, these names are now only left as scattered letters or just a blur, according to Jessica Lamont, a professor at Yale University (USA).
According to this expert, iron nails and chicken bones found in the jar are likely to play an important role in carrying out the curse. Accordingly, iron nails are often used in ancient curses, aiming to create a form of supernatural power that makes the cursed victim immobile and unable to resist.
Meanwhile, the bones found in the jar belonged to a chicken that was about seven months old when it was killed. Archaeologists believe that the creator of the curse may have wanted to transfer the chicken’s “defenceless helplessness” to the people whose names were engraved on the vase. The presence of the chicken’s head and legs in the jar reveals that the curse maker “tried to nullify the use of those same parts of the victim’s body”, by “twisting and stabbing the head and lower leg”. of the chicken”.
Notably, this ceramic vase was placed near the cremation pyre containing animal carcasses – to enhance the power of the curse. The handwriting on the urn reveals that at least two individuals worked on carving the names of the victims. These people themselves are said to be very knowledgeable about how to perform a curse.
Archaeologists also put forward many different theories to explain the motives for performing the curse of this group of people.
Accordingly, the team believes that a legal dispute may have taken place thousands of years ago. The creators of the curse decided to ‘engraved’ the names of all the enemies they knew, including their families and supporters. By 300 BC, trials were common in Athens and attracted a great deal of publicity, archaeologists say.
Another theory is that the curse is related to the conflict in Athens about 2,300 years ago. After Alexander the Great died in 323 BC, his empire quickly fell. A series of conflicts for power between the generals under Alexander the Great broke out. History books say that several forces wanted to gain control of Athens at that time. Most likely, the curse was created by a faction to ‘kill out’ the generals of the opposition.