Eerie witchcraft symbols discovered across one country

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People in England are reviving an old trend -- hunting for signs of witches. It's not just for Halloween.

Though no one is searching for the witches themselves, there is a serious search underway for the ancient carvings that used to keep them away, according to Mashable.

A government body in Historic England needs help locating ritual protection symbols called "witches marks" in order to keep a record of where they are located.

These carvings are found usually in stone or wood and date back to the 16th century when belief in witches and the supernatural was commonplace.

Symbols include stars, pentangles and various letters, and you can find them all over England -- including the hometown of playwright William Shakespeare.

See photos of these witch's marks:

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Spooky! Our own @IndianaMolyneux ihas been interviewed by @guardian about witches' marks: https://t.co/Sgbh1VKCGY… https://t.co/WkB4EjAW7D
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Here you are #HistoricEngland. #witchesmark on my #inglenook. Some might say it hasn't done its job
#Witches marks over our fireplace. These date back more than 350 years... perhaps longer? #witchesmarks #heritage #Wales #halloween #historicbritain #historicengland (we are in Wales but have Shakespeare connections!)
Happy Halloween from Bridge Cottage! Take a look at the witch marks carved into our fire surround here during the 16/17th Century when the chimney was installed in our medieval Wealden hall house. The belief was these marks would offer protection from evil spirits entering through openings such as doorways, windows or fireplaces. @historicengland are currently recording these. #witchmarks #halloween #medieval #tudortimes #uckfield #historicuckfield #eastsussex #wealdenhallhouse #historicengland
This mark on the mantle was put there to keep witches from flying down chimney! https://t.co/A3PpN7q4nZ
In honour, check out the witches' marks from my aunt's house, designed to keep witches at bay: https://t.co/a90MA1gpeo
@HistoricEngland We have mark @ the Manor House, West Bromwich. in a 16thC extension-only recently found… https://t.co/l1wWXjDDiw
@HistoricEngland Some interesting marks from York Guildhall - warding off witches or just graffiti? https://t.co/Fyui6yXV54
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