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Published On: Fri, Jun 8th, 2012

Vampire remains dug up in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologists are showcasing 200-year-old skeletons which they claims were people killed who were believed to be vampires.

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The “vampire” skeletons were excavated recently near the Black Sea town of Sozopol, according to reports from The Associated Press and AFP. Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of Bulgaria’s National History Museum.

Dimitrov cited how the corpses were pinned down through their chests with iron rods, a trend in Medieval Europe tied to ‘vampire hunting’ and that corpses were regularly treated this way in some parts of the country until the beginning of the 20th century.

“I do not know why an ordinary discovery like that became so popular,” AP quoted Dimitrov as saying on Tuesday. “Perhaps because of the mysteriousness of the word ‘vampire.'”

Over 100 similar burials have been found in Bulgaria over the years.

Bulgarian archaeologist Petar Balabanov has found a number of nailed-down skeletons near the eastern town of Debelt, at gravesites dating as far back as the 1st century. According to custom, the bodies had to be pinned down just in case they tried to rise from the grave. AFP quoted Balabanov as saying that the rite was practiced in Bulgaria as well as other Balkan countries.

 

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