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|Medieval graffiti associated with warding off evil spirits has been discovered by archaeologists.|
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image captionIt is believed the markings are "witches' marks", created to ward off evil spirits
A series of lines radiating from a drilled hole were unearthed on two stones at the remains of a church in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire.
Historians believe the markings are 12th Century "witches' marks" created to protect against spirits by trapping them in an endless line or maze.
The discovery was made in preparation for the building of the HS2 rail line.
Archaeologist Michael Court said it was "a fascinating insight into the past".
The location of one of the stones at the medieval St Mary's Church suggests the markings could have been created for protection.
They can also be interpreted as early sun dials, expert said.
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