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Pierced hearts, unicorn horns and a bottled witch: Oxford show investigates the history of magic and witchcraft

A bull’s heart pierced with iron nails and thorns found in a chimney at Shutes Hill Farm, Somerset (date unknown)
© Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

The Ten Commandments forbade the veneration of graven images—indeed, any other gods “but me”. However, the early Christian church,

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