The remains of two ‘vampires’ are to go on display next week.
Tsvetelia Tsolova, for Reuters, said Bulgaria’s National History Museum plans to display the skeletons after unearthing the 700-year-old remains of two men stabbed through the chest with iron rods.
Archaeologists, excavating a monastery near the Black Sea city of Sozopol, discovered the skeletons which were buried in a pagan ritual that they said were aimed at keeping the men from turning into vampires.
“This was a pagan belief widespread in the Bulgarian lands in the 12th to 14th centuries. People were very superstitious then,” National History Museum head Bozhidar Dimitrov said
“Throughout the country we have found over 100 such ‘vampire’ burials of mainly noblemen from the Middle Ages who were branded bloodsucking immortals.”
The finds in Bulgaria have sparked interest from vampire enthusiasts all over the world and the small Balkan country may seek to capitalise on its pagan heritage.
While 2012 maybe the year of the Zombie, the undead do need strong overseers, so have the Bulgarians started the apocalypse by digging these guys up? No one really knows but we will have fun finding out…