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With a PhD in Archaeology, Ceri Houlbrook considers herself a historical ethnographer and archaeologist, and is particularly interested in the material culture of popular customs and beliefs. She’s currently a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the ‘Inner Lives: Emotions, Identity and the Supernatural, 1300-1900’ project at the University of Hertfordshire, working alongside Prof. Owen Davies on the ‘Concealed Revealed’. This project strand is aiming to survey concealed deposits across the British Isles and beyond, and to consider the 'afterlives' of these hidden objects by engaging with their contemporary finders and custodians. Please visit the project website, add a find yourself to our growing survey on here, or contact Ceri directly with any knowledge, ideas, or stories you have on c.houlbrook@herts.ac.uk.

What do a child’s shoe, a cod-liver oil bottle, and a desiccated cat have in common? They’re all objects that