Archaeologists in Serbia have uncovered a collection of magic spells written onto rolls of gold and silver, buried with human remains from around 2,000 years ago.
While the team are still trying to work out exactly what the inscriptions say, and their exact purpose, they appear to invoke the divine powers of good and evil.
What we know so far is that the spells, which discovered during excavations of an industrial site in eastern Serbia earlier this month, are written in Aramaic, which is considered to be the language of Jesus.
One of the tiny rolls of gold and silver found in eastern Serbia [Image: Archaeological Institute in Belgrade]
Researchers believe the magic charms were buried with people who had suffered a violent death, perhaps to allow them to rest in peace.
“We read the names of a few demons, that are connected to the territory of modern-day Syria,” Miomir Korac, chief archaeologist at the site in eastern Serbia, told Reuters.
“It's a Middle Eastern mystery to us.”