Child Buried With Rock in Mouth May Have Been A 'Vampire'

Have you heard of the ‘Vampire of Lugano”? Apparently that’s what residents of the Italian commune of Lugano in Teverina are calling this strange archaeological find — the remains of a 10 year old child found in a 5th century cemetery originally thought to be reserved for toddlers and younger. But its not age of death that makes this finding so strange … it’s the stone placed in the skeleton’s mouth. Researchers believe it was intentionally placed as part of a ritual to keep the 10 year o

Child Buried With Rock in Mouth May Have Been A 'Vampire'

Fri 19 Oct 18 from Discover Magazine

'Vampire burial' reveals efforts to prevent child's return from grave

The discovery of a 10-year-old's body at an ancient Roman site in Italy suggests measures were taken to prevent the child, possibly infected with malaria, from rising from the dead and spreading ...

Fri 12 Oct 18 from Phys.org

Archaeologists discover remains of 'vampire' child buried in Italian cemetery 1,600 years ago

The ancient funeral practice took place when people feared the person would rise from the dead and infect people, experts revealed.

Mon 15 Oct 18 from Daily Mail

Child 'Vampire' Was Buried 1,550 Years Ago in Italy

A 1,550-year-old "vampire burial" of a child with a rock stuffed into his or her mouth has been discovered in an ancient cemetery in Lugnano, Italy.

Sun 14 Oct 18 from Livescience

Fifth-century child’s skeleton shows evidence of “vampire burial”

The "Vampire of Lugnano" had a rock in its mouth to keep it from rising from grave.

Sat 13 Oct 18 from Ars Technica

Archaeologists discover Roman-age burial site of “vampire-child”

Strap your seatbelts, it's creepy time.

Fri 12 Oct 18 from ZME Science

‘Vampire of Lugnano’ Unearthed in Roman Baby Cemetery

Fri 12 Oct 18 from Laboratory Equipment

What is a vampire burial?

Normally, this is a reference you would find in Gothic novels or discussions on medieval mythology. Archaeologists have found ancient skulls with a ro

Sat 20 Oct 18 from The Hindu

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