October 17, 2014

And speaking of vampires. . . .

Filed under: Cemeteries — acagle @ 8:32 am

‘Vampire grave’ found in Bulgaria

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”.

That seems like a bad sign. . . .

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”.

Only one is described in the article so I’m not sure how they gt to “a series” of vampire graves. It seems about the right time for plague so one might assume that, rather than ‘vampires’, it might be something more akin to ’spreader of disease’ (or at least an assumed spreader of disease) that they were trying to keep down.

I don’t really mind the whole Indiana Jones thing, by the way, but it sounds like yet another elective excavation which I take a dim view of anymore.

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