Archaeologists in Bulgaria have made a fitting discovery: a skeleton vampire grave — metal stake in its chest and all.
Professor and archaeologist Nikolai Ovcharov found the creepy burial during excavations at the ruins of the ancient Thracian city of Perperikon. It is in southern Bulgaria, close to the border of Greece. Referred to as the “Bulgarian Indiana Jones,” Ovcharov has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilizations.
The Walking Dead in Real Life
Nikolai Ovcharov believes that this is an anti-vampire ritual. In an attempt to prevent “bad” people from rising from their graves and haunting the living – The Walking Dead style – people drove stakes through their corpses, according to Ovcharov. The ploughshare weighs almost two pounds and is dug into the body into a broken shoulder bone. You can clearly see how the collarbone has literally popped out. Often they were applied to people who had died in unusual circumstances — such as suicide.
Medieval Vampire Grave
The Medieval vampire grave is one of two unusual burials recently unearthed by Ovcharov and team at Perperikon. Perperikon is a city inhabited since 5,000 BC but only discovered 20 years ago. Reported by Bulgarian newspaper 24 Hours, the second burial contained a mother and child whose bodies had been laid out to resemble an image of the Virgin Mary and child. Ovcharov noted this sort of ritual burial was used as a way to ward off the plague, which had begun to afflict Medieval populations. He added that he believed both graves are estimated to date back to the first half of the 13th Century.
Vampires in Bulgaria
Bulgaria has a history with vampire graves. In 2012, archaeologists discovered two 700-year-old skeletons pinned down with iron rods through their chests near the town of Sozopol.
At the time, head of Bulgaria’s National History Museum, Bozhidar Dimitrov, told the Sofia News Agency that the people of those times were believed to be evil while they were alive. In addition, it was believed that they would become vampires once they are dead. The curious thing is that there were no women among the dead.