Defanged – Toothless ‘Vampire’ Skeleton Dug Up
It turns out that a skeleton being displayed at Bulgaria’s National Museum of History shows signs that folks feared the fanged blood suckers before Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The 700-years old ‘vampire’ skeleton was discovered among church ruins impaled with an iron rod in its chest and its teeth pulled out.
The idea of a vampirelike flesh—eating corpse-known as the Nachzehrer—didn’t appear in Europe until the 17th century.
However, the fact that one of the Sozopol skeleton’s teeth had been removed suggests that Bulgarians may have held similar ideas centuries earlier.
In graves thousands of years old, skeletons have been found staked, tied up, buried facedown, decapitated … all well-attested ways of preempting the [attacks] of wandering corpses.
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