Tuesday, June 5, 2012


SOFIA, Bulgaria – 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.

'These two skeletons stabbed with rods illustrate a practice common up until the first decade of the 20th century.'
- National history museum chief Bozhidar Dimitrov

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.

According to Dimitrov, over 100 corpses stabbed to prevent them from becoming vampires have been discovered across Bulgaria over the years.

"I do not know why an ordinary discovery like that [has] became so popular. Perhaps because of the mysteriousness of the word "vampire," he said.

Associated Press

blade is gonna explain something |  The superstition must be true... No smoke without fire..probably they experienced vampirism during those era..that's why they did it..OR they just being ignorant... |  it was changed so that no one will be mislead, sorry for the misleading title before. | there were never vampires. ah movies... |  But they are not the real vamps with evil wings and a saber tooth. I've watched it on Nat Geo. | why did they not check the set of teeth to see if it has some unusual incisors that are the characteristic of a vampire? this is ridiculous, they focused too much on the chest stab lol |  i dont think this is a proof that vampires exist, rather its a proof that people in the early days believed in vampires and superstition, very interesting read... | Vampires are immortal??? Dafuq did i just read..then what movie is that??? Twilight SAGAY?? | thats probably edward.. | WoW! its true? but in the movie the vampire are Immortal? | -- FB Comments --


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