Child ‘vampire’ unearthed in Italy with rock stuffed into its mouth

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 17, 2018

If that's not creepy enough for you, the site where the bones were found is called La Necropoli dei Bambini, which translates to "Cemetery of the Babies".

Archaeologists working in Italy have discovered an unusual burial site - a rock has been inserted into the mouth of the buried person, a practice believed to prevent people from rising from the dead. Other examples of vampire burials throughout history include bodies being staked to the ground through the heart or dismembered prior to interment.

"Locally, they're calling it the 'Vampire of Lugnano, '" he added.

Bioarcheology Jordan Wilson, a graduate student who studied the skeleton of a 10-year-old child, said: "This is a very unusual burial, especially in the Roman world, that can attest to the fact that there was a fear that this man could come back from the dead and try to spread the disease to live".

A team of archaeologists from the University of Arizona and Stanford University, along with archaeologists from Italy found evidence of "vampire burials" at an ancient site in Italy.

A small child, thought to be about 10 years old, was found with a rock wedged in its mouth. Professor from the USA, David Soren said that never before encountered such rituals.

These discoveries offer a glimpse into a terrified society swept by a deadly, unknown disease.

"'The dead don't bury themselves.' We can tell a lot about people's beliefs and hopes and by the way they treat the dead."

"It must have been a situation where you don't know what's happening, you have no idea. where you're nearly trying anything in desperation and listening to whoever can come up with an answer", Soren said.

Archaeologists from Italy, the University of Arizona and Stanford University in the United States during excavations in the ancient children's cemetery in the region Umbria in Italy have discovered the remains of a little boy who was buried in a special ritual "burial of the vampires" - with a stone in his mouth.

"The burial of the vampires" has previously been found both in Italy and overseas. They found remnants of what had been a pyramid-shape dining room, slaves' quarters, a ceiling that sloped on four sides, paintings and wall mosaics. "There's all these magic rites that are going on around this, which makes this cemetery so fascinating". As Soren wrote in a 1996 report, the jumbled remains of at least 12 puppies and a solitary 1-year-old dog, some with their heads or mandibles missing, were interred alongside the bones of the malaria victims.

The 10-year old was the first at the cemetery to be found with a stone in its mouth. Other children buried in the cemetery are known to have died of malaria, and this child has an abscessed tooth, which is a side effect of malaria, the researchers said. Because that body had stones weighing down her hands and feet-something traditionally associated with occult practices believed to keep the dead in the dirt. She also died of malaria.

Lugnano is not the only site of vampire burials. 9 years ago archaeologists stumbled upon a "vampire" in Venice - an elderly woman was buried with a stone in his mouth in the XVI century.

"It's a very human thing to have complicated feelings about the dead and wonder if that's really the end", Mr Wilson said.

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