Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Vampire' Discovered in Mass Grave

NewScientist reports:

A SKELETON exhumed from a grave in Venice is being claimed as the first known example of the "vampires" widely referred to in contemporary documents.

Matteo Borrini of the University of Florence in Italy found the skeleton of a woman with a small brick in her mouth (see right) while excavating mass graves of plague victims from the Middle Ages on Lazzaretto Nuovo Island in Venice.

At the time the woman died, many people believed that the plague was spread by "vampires" which, rather than drinking people's blood, spread disease by chewing on their shrouds after dying. Grave-diggers put bricks in the mouths of suspected vampires to stop them doing this, Borrini says.


The woman died in 1576. It's hard to imagine these days with all of the science and technology that is available to us that humans believed in vampires and that a brick in the mouth would stop vampires from 'chewing on their shrouds.' Then again, modern humans seem to be capable of 'believing' in lots of nonsense and unproven 'truths' as long as some 'authority figure' says that it is true. Oh well, so goes life.

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