Inscriptions etched on tiny rolls of gold and silver found alongside skeletons of people buried almost 2,000 years ago - From the Guardian
Tuesday 9 August 2016 10.27 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 9 August 2016 14.01 EDT 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.
Last week, after carefully brushing away soil from the bones, Korać’s team found two amulets made of lead that, when opened, were each found to contain rolls of precious metal – silver and gold – covered in symbols and writing.