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Bulgaria’s latest ‘vampire’ skeleton found in Plovdiv

The skeleton is one of 80 found in a necropolis in the old town part of Plovdiv, tentatively dated from the 15th and 16th centuries.The remains, facing westwards, had a brick fragment placed in the mouth of the deceased, with a clay roofing tile put over the head during the burial. The practice of placing brick fragments into the mouths of the deceased – especially those believed most likely to rise as undead, such as plague victims – was spread in 15th-16th century Italy, according to archaeologist Elena Bozhinova, quoted by local news website podtepeto.com.

read more Archaeology: Bulgaria’s latest ‘vampire’ skeleton found in Plovdiv | The Sofia Globe.

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This entry was posted on August 27, 2014 by in Archaeology.

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