A man dubbed “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones” has found a “vampire burial” that contains a skeleton with a stake in its chest.
The horrific discovery, said to be that of a man who passed away in the 13th century, was allegedly made as the consequence of a “anti-vampire ritual.”
According to the archaeologist who discovered the skeleton, in medieval times, metal would be driven through the corpse to prevent a wicked person from emerging from the grave and terrorizing the living.
The find was uncovered by Professor Nikolai Ovcharov, a traveling archaeologist who has made it his life’s work to shed light on past civilizations, while working on the ancient city of Perperikon’s remains in southern Bulgaria, according to the Telegraph.
Despite the fact that the city was just found 20 years ago, it is believed to have been inhabited since 5,000 BC.
There have been several ‘vampire graves’ discovered there, which is thought to be the location of the Temple of Dionysius, the Greek God of wine and fertility. Other discoveries include a castle and a sanctuary.
“We have no doubts that we are witnessing an anti-vampire ritual being performed once again,” stated Professor Ovcharov.
“Often they were applied to people who died in unusual circumstances – such as suicide.”
The skeleton of the man, thought to be between 40 and 50, had a piece of iron rod used in a plough known as a ploughshare hammered through its chest.
In 2012 and 2013 two similar graves were discovered in the Bulgarian town of Sozopol, where the bodies were nicknamed the ‘twin vampires of Sozopol’.
It is thought about 100 such skeletons have been discovered.