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Fifth-century child's skeleton shows evidence of “vampire burial”

1 month ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / Archaeologists excavated the skeleton from a fifth-century cemetery in the Umbria region of Italy. (credit: David Picked/Stanford University )
Archaeologists have discovered the skeleton of a 10-year-old child at an ancient Roman site in Italy with a rock carefully placed in its mouth. This suggests those who buried the child-who probably died of malaria during a deadly fifth century outbreak-feared it might rise from the dead and spread the disease to those who survived. Locals are calling it the "Vampire of Lugnano."
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