1,800-year-old altar to pagan god Pan hidden in a Byzantine church

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered an ancient altar honoring the Greek god Pan, the deity of flocks and shepherds, but whoever inscribed it botched the job. The inscriber basically ran out of room —  etching letters outside the altar’s rectangular frame and also shrinking letters toward the end, to make them fit.  “The inscriber was […]

Witch-repellent graffiti discovered in ruins of medieval UK church

Learning no lessons from horror films of yore, Britain has plans for a high-speed rail project that will lay tracks over the ruins of a medieval church. And, apparently, the project has run into some trouble with witches and dark spirits. According to archaeologists working at Stoke Mandeville, a village that lies in the path […]