Still Waters Posted March 14 #1 Share Posted March 14 (IP: Staff) · In ancient Roman times, people may have feared the "restless dead," according to the discovery of a cremation tomb sprinkled with intentionally bent nails and sealed not only with two dozen bricks but also a layer of plaster, a new study finds. The unusual grave, found at the site of Sagalassos in southwestern Turkey and dating to A.D. 100-150, had 41 bent and twisted nails scattered along the edges of its cremation pyre, 24 bricks that had been meticulously placed on the still-smoldering pyre, and a layer of lime plaster on top of that. The individual — an adult male — was cremated and buried in the same place, an unusual practice in Roman times, according to the study, published Feb. 21 in the journal Antiquity. https://www.livescience.com/roman-era-tomb-scattered-with-magical-dead-nails-and-sealed-off-to-shield-the-living-from-the-restless-dead Magical practices? A non-normative Roman imperial cremation at Sagalassos https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/magical-practices-a-nonnormative-roman-imperial-cremation-at-sagalassos/ 3 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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