vampire burials

Take with a grain of salt, but still!

A “vampire grave” containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”.

Professor Nikolai Ovcharov – a crusading archaeologist who has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilisations – said that he had made the discovery while excavating the ruins of Perperikon, an ancient Thracian city located in southern Bulgaria, close to the border with Greece.

The city, inhabited since 5,000 BC but only discovered 20 years ago, is believed to be the site of the Temple of Dionysius – the Greek God of wine and fertility. And among the finds at the site, which includes a hilltop citadel, a fortress and a sanctuary, are a series of “vampire graves”.

On Thursday Professor Ovcharov announced that he had found a remarkably-preserved Medieval skeleton at the site in what he termed “a vampire grave”.

“We have no doubts that once again we’re seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out,” said Professor Ovcharov. He explained that the metal was driven through the corpse to stop a “bad” person from rising from the dead and terrorising the living.

“Often they were applied to people who had died in unusual circumstances – such as suicide.”

The skeleton, thought to be of a man aged between 40 and 50, had a heavy piece of ploughshare – an iron rod, used in a plough – hammered through its chest. The left leg below the knee had also been removed and left beside the skeleton.


A 19th century vampire slayer

The remains were found during the
excavation of a marketplace in Poland’s West Pomeranian Province. The burial is thought to date back to the 16th
century and shows signs that the people of the time carried out a special ritual in the belief
that the subject being interred was a vampire.
“A piece of brick rubble in the mouth and pierced thigh indicates that it is a vampire
burial,” said dig leader Slawomir Gorka. “This was done not for him, but for the community,.who lived here.” Similar burials were believed to have been
common in the region between the 13th and 17th centuries when vampires were an integral
part of superstitions and folklore.
“There is a strong Slavic belief in spirits,” said Dr Tim Beasley-Murray. “Romanian folklore
has vampiric figures such as the moroi and strigoi. The word ‘mora’ means nightmare. But
these are common to many cultures. We often
see bird or owl-like figures that swoop and feed on you.”


Two so-called ‘vampire’ skeletons dating back to the Middle Ages had been unearthed by archaeologists in the Black Sea town of Sozopol, Bulgaria, with iron rods penetrating through their chests and into the grave itself.  Piercing the heart of the deceased was once a common pagan practice in some villages and was based on the belief that it would stop the bad rising from their graves to feed on human blood.  Around 100 such ‘vampire’ burials have already been discovered in Bulgaria, with similar sites previously unearthed in Balkan countries such as Serbia.

(BBC History Magazine) 

grimroth  asked:

Subtle, but angst inducing headcanon: In vampire folklore, murder victims are very likely to become vampires after burial. Full-stop. End of sentence. No outside mystical forces required. Carmilla does not know this information. Carmilla does not know that she could have risen from death by her own power.

I’m just going to leave this here because I’m in love with this headcanon and the implications it brings up.