Bulgaria: Skeletons treated for vampirism found

June 5, 2012

(AP) — Bulgarian archaeologists say they have unearthed centuries-old skeletons pinned down through their chests with iron rods — a practice believed to stop the dead from becoming vampires

According to Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, two skeletons from the Middle Ages were found in such a state last weekend near the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

He said Tuesday that corpses were regularly treated in such a way before being buried in some parts of Bulgaria, even until the beginning of the last century.

Widespread superstition led to iron rods being hammered through the chest bones and hearts of those who did evil during their lifetimes for fear they would return after death to feast on the blood of the living.

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NickFun
5 / 5 (1) Jun 05, 2012
I thought they used WOODEN stakes! Now we learn the truth!
Quarl
not rated yet Jun 05, 2012
Wasn't leaded iron what was used to kill the vampires in Lifeforce? Makes a bit more sense than wood...

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