Vampire Exorcism Skull Found in Venice

Venice VampireMove over Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, looks like the Old World had their fair share of these abominations. Christine Dell’Amore reports on National Geographic:

Among the many medieval plague victims recently unearthed near Venice, Italy, one reportedly had never-before-seen evidence of an unusual affliction: being “undead.”

The partial body and skull of the woman showed her jaw forced open by a brick (above) — an exorcism technique used on suspected vampires.

It’s the first time that archaeological remains have been interpreted as belonging to a suspected vampire, team leader Matteo Borrini, a forensic archaeologist at the University of Florence, told National Geographic News.

“I was lucky. I [didn’t] expect to find a vampire during my excavations,” he said. Belief in vampires was rampant in the Middle Ages, mostly because the process of decomposition was not well understood.

For instance, as the human stomach decays, it releases a dark “purge fluid.” This bloodlike liquid can flow freely from a corpse’s nose and mouth, so it was apparently sometimes confused with traces of vampire victims’ blood.

Read More: National Geographic

4 Comments on "Vampire Exorcism Skull Found in Venice"

  1. Sigh…I love it when an explanation for something we can't comprehend is given as “oh, those folks who lived in the past just didn't understand.”

    No…The Golden Bough was written a century ago. We don't treat our ancestors like children anymore. Try again. It is really troubling that we don't try to understand the past, we just write it off, saying they were just mistaken about things, whereas we have it all figured out.


    • Word Eater | Mar 9, 2010 at 11:57 am |

      Didn't you know that we have the extreme good fortune of living in the most highly enlightened time mankind has ever and will ever achieve?

      All things that can be understood are fully understood and there is no mystery left in the universe.

      Yep. We know Everything.

  2. Anonymous | Mar 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm |

    Mmmmm. Stone is so yummy! Lotsa minerals!

  3. GoodDoktorBad | Mar 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm |

    Mmmmm. Stone is so yummy! Lotsa minerals!

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