The 'Vampire' of Bulgaria

A group of archeologists in Bulgaria believe to have unearthed the grave of a man suspected to be a vampire. The skeleton was found with a stake driven through the chest — a pre-modern ritual done to prevent the body from rising from the grave as a vampire.  

The leader of the exhibition, Nikolai Ovcharov, who has been called the Bulgarian Indiana Jones said the discovery was made while excavating the ancient Thracian city of Perperikon.

"We have no doubts that once again we're seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out," Ovcharov told the Telegraph. "Often they were applied to people who died in unusual circumstances — such as suicide," he said.

The grave is estimated to date back to the early 13th century and is one of a number of vampire graves archeologists have found in Bulgaria.

To find out more about the expedition head to the Huffington Post and to view more of Bulgarian history stay here at Science Source.

 

Vlad the impaler, Romanian prince . Considered in legend to be a vampire.

Vlad the impaler, Romanian prince . Considered in legend to be a vampire.