Massimo Osanna, the archaeological superintendent of Pompeii, has revealed that over a hundred people have returned relics that they stole when they visited the ancient Roman town.

Pompeii, Campania, Italy.
Pompeii, Italy.

In letters accompanying the artefacts, many put their repentant actions down to a guilty conscience, but some have a more sinister explanation - that the ancient items are cursed. One man from Latin America claimed that he and his family had suffered ‘trauma after trauma’ thanks to a cursed piece of stone he took from Pompeii. Another letter from Spain, accompanying a number of stolen items including a bronze statue, complained that the statue had brought a ‘curse on his entire family’. Read more:

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