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The Source:

"Albenga: il giallo della strega bambina negli scavi di San Calocero"

Rossella Lorenzi:
"Skeleton of Possible 'Witch Girl' Found"
Discovery News, 6-10-2014

The Case:

Archaeologists, digging around the church of San Calocero in Albenga, have uncovered the skeleton of a 13-year-old girl who had been buried facedown. The Italian media have named her "the witch girl", assuming that people had thought her to be a witch and had buried her this way to prevent her return from the grave.

The Date:

We have a rather precise date for the discovery of the skeleton: 2014. The date of the burial is more of a problem as the research is still in progress. According to Discovery News the burial must have taken place somewhere between "the late antiquity or the early Middle Ages".

The Place:

Albena can be found in Liguria, the Italian part of the Rivièra. Somewhere between San Remo and Genova.

Personal Comments:

It is hard to say if the girl was considered to be a witch or something else. But the prone burial (face down) does seem to indicate that people were afraid that the girl would not rest in her grave but return to haunt the living. If the involvement of the "Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana" is a blessing or a curse is something I am not sure about. I guess that we will have to wait for further reports and conclusions.

Possible Follow-Up:

Plenty of data available, no lack of news coverage. It should not be hard for you to find more facts about this case.

© 2014 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed October 2014

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