ARCHAEOLOGY FUN FACTS: THE CAGE
Ready for an #Archaeology themed #inktober?! In collaboration with fellow deaf archaeologist, @downanddirtywithnaomi, we wanted to bring the archaeology community together by doing this fun challenge throughout the month! This week’s prompt is #HauntedFeatures!
Did you know witchcraft was frowned upon, and people were terrorized as well as getting killed for even practicing anything with herbs!? I’m sure you already knew this…. But did you know that there are foundations still standing today that housed such practitioners?!
The Cage; a medieval prison for the fourteen witches who were tried, is in St. Osyth, United Kingdom. The prison is one of the most “notorious and well-documented haunted 16th Century cottages in Britain.”
In 1582, fourteen women in St. Osyth were accused of practicing witchcraft and some of them were executed.
In 1921, after excavations of The Cage, two female skeletons were unearthed and thought to be of those witches who were executed (due to the legs being bound in iron clamps).
The Cage operated as a prison twice, as well as a quarantine for the victims of the Black Death, and was in use until 1908, then was closed down and privately sold.
Nowadays, it is said the place is still haunted….. Very haunted to the point where the current owner moved out after just three years, and no one has lived there in the past ten years!
“It was absolutely terrifying, I just remember feeling the force like something had pushed me and falling on my side. When I was on the floor I just lay there in shock.” - Vanessa Mitchell, current owner (2018)
And… Did you know you could purchase this building?! Check out https://www.homedomus360.com/property/cage/ and make an offer if your interest lies in living with paranormal activities! Be forewarned… The current owner has tried to put this house on the market twice before………………. Best of luck!