The Guardian reports that Serbian archaeologists have found tiny metal scrolls inscribed with what they believe to be magical spells. The article begins:
“Archaeologists in Serbia are trying to decipher magic spells etched on to tiny rolls of gold and silver that have been found alongside skeletons of humans buried almost 2,000 years ago.
“’The alphabet is Greek, that much we know. The language is Aramaic – it’s a Middle Eastern mystery to us,’” said Miomir Korać, the chief archaeologist at the site.
‘The skeletons were discovered at the foot of a massive coal-fired power station in Kostolac, north-eastern Serbia, where searches are being carried out before another unit of the electricity plant is built on the site of an ancient Roman city, Viminacium.
Read the entire article here: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/09/mysterious-magic-spells-unearthed-archaeologists-serbia
thanks to David Hill for the tip!