Oct. 31, 2013 7:20am Sharona Schwartz
Archaeologists excavating under a parking lot in Jerusalem have discovered a 1,700-year-old curse inscribed on a lead tablet most likely written by a professional sorcerer or wizard casting a spell, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced.
Researchers discovered the tablet inside the room of “an enormous” Roman-era mansion from the 3rd century A.D. being excavated over the past few years.
This lead tablet was inscribed with a curse likely written by a professional sorcerer, the Israel Antiquities Authority says (Photo: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)
The excavation is underway in the “City of David,” the oldest settled area of Jerusalem, inhabited for 6,000 years which is also the neighborhood where King David built his palace.
“I strike and strike down and nail down the tongue, the eyes, the wrath, the ire, the anger, the procrastination, the opposition of Iennys” is one quote that was found on the “curse tablet” written by an ancient inhabitant named “Kyrilla,” according to Dr. Robert Daniel of the University of Cologne in Germany who deciphered the text.
Daniel noted that the curse aimed at a man named Iennys was written in cursive by a professional sorcerer hired by a woman named Kyrilla.
Researchers posit that the two were likely engaged in a legal dispute. “To this end she calls upon the help of the gods of the underworld, among them Pluto, Hermes Persephone, and even the Mesopotamian goddess Ereshkigal is asked to assist,” explains the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Not many people were strong enough to carry around a notepad then, kind of like the Windows 95 laptops.