The mysterious 'witch mark' in a 60,000-year-old cave

Thanks to a new 3D scanning technique developed by researchers at Sheffield Hallam University, strange 'witch marks' have been discovered.

Archaeologists have discovered hundreds of supposedly protective signs carved into the walls of a 60,000-year-old cave in Creswell Crags, the area between Nottingham and Derbyshire.

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The 'witch seal' is engraved to protect the inhabitants from evil spirits.

Jeremey Lee, who led the research, said: 'I work with the latest digital technologies to enable new ways of seeing, creating and experiencing artworks. The cave signs gave me a great opportunity to use these technologies to create a 3D copy of the cave '.

'Witch seals' are symbols that can often be found at the entrances of ancient churches and houses, where they are carved to protect residents from evil spirits.

However, the cave in Creswell Crags has hundreds of inscriptions. This means that this is possibly the largest collection of 'witchcraft marks' in the UK.

Although it is unclear when the markers were first created, they seem to have been added over time. This suggests that it is possible that the people who created it were continually adding more when they needed to deal with illness, death or famine.

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