Bloody hell?

Bulgaria shares a border with Romania, home of Dracula… so it should be of no surprise that archaeologists have unearthed two ‘vampire’ bodies in the town of Sozopol (on the Black Sea coast).

The skeletons were pinned down with iron rods through their chests, which was apparently a widespread practice when burying those who were considered to be bad people.

National History Museum chief Bozhidar Dimitrov explained that this was done to pin them into their graves and stop them from coming back and terrorising the living – widespread superstition said that bad people would become vampires and feast on the blood of those who outlived them.

Mind, hammering a metal stake through the body of someone who wasn’t very nice to you while they were alive could also have been a rather satisfying act of vengeance…

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