Witch Carvings

Witch Carvings

Mallory Carty, Writer

People in England are being asked to go on somewhat of a witch-hunt to look for ancient carvings that were supposed to ward them off. There is a government body called Historic England. It is assigned with the task of protecting the historic environment of England. It is asking for help in finding these “apotropaic marks”, so that they may start a tangible record of where they can be found. These carvings date all the way back to the 16th century. The recorded evidence that is currently held about where they appear and what form they take is thin. In 1563 witchcraft was made a capital offense in England. People were afraid of witches, so people put up charms, objects, and markings in the hope of protecting themselves. It seems that there are marks of witchcraft everywhere. The marks take many different forms, but the most common is a hexafoil a.k.a. a daisy wheel. This is simply a six petal flower design.