New Vampire Skeleton Found in Central Bulgaria

Society » ARCHAEOLOGY | June 13, 2012, Wednesday // 08:12
New Vampire Skeleton Found in Central Bulgaria: New Vampire Skeleton Found in Central Bulgaria Bulgarian archeologists claim to have found a vampire skeleton in the Black Sea town of Sozopol over the iron stick piercing the chest. Photo by NIM

New centuries-old skeleton of a man who has been buried with a rite to prevent him from becoming a vampire has been found in central Bulgaria.

The skeleton is nailed to the ground with four metal brackets and burning coals were placed over the tomb, according to a report of the largest private TV channel bTV.

The skeleton is of a man about 30 years of age, and it is yet to be dated, but Bulgaria's top archeologist, Nikolay Ovcharov, is quoted saying it is several centuries-old.

Ovcharov explains that the man has not been a vampire, but was buried with a pagan rite to prevent him from turning into one after the death.

The skeleton was found during archeological digs in a monastery near the central city of Veliko Tarnovo, where 10 years ago Ovcharov's team came upon a very similar find.

A medieval vampire skeleton, which was recently discovered in Bulgaria's Black Sea town of Sozopol and was brought to the National History Museum, stirred real "vampire" hype in Bulgaria and abroad.

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