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The Archaeology of Magic$
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C. Riley Augé

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066110

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066110.001.0001

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Excavating Magic

Excavating Magic

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The Archaeology of Magic

C. Riley Augé

University Press of Florida

The process of locating and evaluating the chosen archaeological sites for this work is presented here as a prelude to the analysis of any artifacts with potential for magical interpretation. Issues of archaeological recordation and site formation processes are discussed to explain the paucity of the chosen site type. Five New England sites met the appropriate criteria for consideration: Chadbourne site, John Alden site, Jireh Bull Garrison House, Greene Farm Archaeology Project, and John Howland House site. Each site’s history and any potential magical symbolism and artifacts are discussed. Additionally, two common types of archaeologically recovered intentionally concealed objects (witch bottles and shoes) are discussed to question why examples were not located at the five sites reviewed here.

Keywords:   Archaeological recordation, Site formation processes, Witch bottles, Magical symbolism, Chadbourne site, John Alden site, Jireh Bull Garrison House, Greene Farm Archaeology Project, John Howland House site, Intentionally concealed objects

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