Relic hunter unearths ‘witch jar’ with hair and teeth inside

The 52-year-old, who works in New Orleans as a bartender, spends his spare time visiting the places where once abandoned homes stood, hoping to discover something unique.

Last month, Mears reported in a post on Facebook that he had dug a ‘witch jar’ from the mud at Algiers Point, on West Bank of the Mississippi River.

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The strange object included a tooth, human hair strands, a pincher beetle and even some urine.

“Located in an area where a home existed in the mid-1800’s (and the bottle dating from that time period, as well), such an object may have been used as a protection spell for the property”, he told.

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“It also may have been used in voodoo to cast a different spell. Anyway, it is a rare, creepy-cool find!”

He was thrilled about his discovery-however because of the item’s possibly grim past, users on social media encouraged him to bring it back where it was taken from.

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His post quickly went viral, with over 1,300 people sharing and responding.



One individual wrote: “Needs to be returned to exact area. I wouldn’t have taken it. Maybe a picture.”

Another said: “All sorts of s**t will come your way if you intervene with it’s purpose, best to leave it to continue to do it’s work and stay out of the way.”

Would you keep such a find for yourself?

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One comment

  1. i dont know if ‘cool’ is the first word that i d think of to describe your find.did you open that bottle sir ?!

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