‘Vampire Skeleton’ Found At Medieval Grave Site In Bulgaria

medieval-vampire-skeltonA “vampire grave” containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”.

Professor Nikolai Ovcharov – a crusading archaeologist who has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilisations – said that he had made the discovery while excavating the ruins of Perperikon, an ancient Thracian city located in southern Bulgaria, close to the border with Greece.

“We have no doubts that once again we’re seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out,” said Professor Ovcharov. He explained that the metal was driven through the corpse to stop a “bad” person from rising from the dead and terrorising the living.

The city, inhabited since 5,000 BC but only discovered 20 years ago, is believed to be the site of the Temple of Dionysius – the Greek God of wine and fertility. And among the finds at the site, which includes a hilltop citadel, a fortress and a sanctuary, are a series of “vampire graves”.

On Thursday Professor Ovcharov announced that he had found a remarkably-preserved Medieval skeleton at the site in what he termed “a vampire grave”.

MAP#57: Dan Jones Interview: Wars of the Roses and The Plantagenets

Dan Jones Wars of the RosesAward-winning journalist, best selling author and Historian Dan Jones joins the Medieval Archives Podcast to talk all things Plantagenets! His first book on the subject The Plantagents: The Kings Who made England covers the first two centuries of Plantagenet Kings from Henry II to Richard II.

In his latest book Wars of the Roses(Hollow Crown, UK Title), Dan chronicles the last century of the Plantagenet dynasty and the Wars of the Roses. He sets the stage with Henry V, takes readers through the Wars of the Roses and finishes with the rise of the Tudor dynasty.

Join us on the podcast as Dan and I discuss his writing style, his upcoming TV series on the Plantagenets and how the Plantagenet Kings shaped the medieval era and modern England.

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Skeleton of Medieval ‘Witch Girl’ Found Buried Face Down in Italy

medieval-skeleton-witch-girlArchaeologists believe they have found the human remains of a 13-year-old girl positioned face down in her grave, suggesting a link with witchcraft.

The skeleton is called “the witch girl” by Italian media and was discovered in San Calocero in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera.

The skeleton showed signs of porotic hyperostosis on the skull and orbits – which were the result of severe anaemia.

In extreme cases, a facedown burial was used as the ultimate punishment, with the victim interred alive

“She could have suffered from an inherited blood disorder such as thalassemia or from hemorrhagic conditions. More simply, it could have been an iron lacking diet,” anthropologist Elena Dellù told Discovery News.

According to Caroline Arcini of Sweden’s National Heritage Board, convicted witches and rule-breaking nuns were also buried in prone positions.

Drone Flyover of Bodiam Castle

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Bodiam Castle, situated in East Sussex, England, is the iconic medieval castle. Built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of King Edward III. Sir Edward secured the permission to build the castle from reigning King Richard II. Ricard believed the castle’s location would help defend England during the Hundred Years’ War. Bodiam…

Archaeologists find “totally fascinating” medieval friary and human skeletal remains

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Human remains, a section of a wall and a “large assemblage” of medieval material have been found at the headquarters of a 13th century Dominican friary destroyed in Stirling during the Reformation in 1559. Archaeologists say it is unclear if the skeletal parts of the individual, discovered opposite Stirling Railway Station, date from the foundation…

MAP#56: Jan Hus and the Hussite Wars

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Jan Hus was a Czech or more accurately for his time, a Bohemian priest, philosopher and religious reformer who shock up the catholic church in the 15th century. We’ll look at his life, his ideas about religion and the catholic church and the wars fought in his name. I have shelves and shelves of medieval…

Medieval mysteries of Abberley to be revealed thanks to lottery grant

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A medieval village in Worcestershire will be revealed in all its glory after a heritage group received a lottery grant to delve deeper into its many mysteries. Abberley Hills Preservation Society has been awarded £50,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a year-long project in the picturesque village which is north west of…

The Vikings Podcast #211: VIKINGS updates and Sven Forkbeard

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It’s been a long summer without Vikings to keep us company. But I think we all made it through. One piece of good news is Vikings Season 2 is out on DVD on 07 October! You can pre-order it on Amazon for $28. Get your copy now! On this episode of The Vikings Podcast we’ll…

BBC goes for Game of Thrones audience with new Saxon vs Viking drama

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Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling Saxon Stories are to be adapted for television as the BBC makes a play for the Game of Thrones audience. The BBC Two drama, The Last Kingdom, is billed as “a show full of heroic deeds and epic battles” that embraces “politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for…

MAP#55: Bernard Cornwell Interview – The Empty Throne

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Few authors can capture the atmosphere of the middle ages as well as Bernard Cornwell. A master storyteller Bernard has written over 50 books! I first discovered Bernard Cornwell in the early 2000s when I was browsing at a local bookstore. A book titled The Archer’s Tale caught my attention and the main character was…

Former students organise celebration of medieval historian Barbara Yorke’s work at University of Winchester

The work of a medieval historian at the University of Winchester is to be celebrated at a conference organised by her former students. Barbara Yorke, Emeritus professor in early medieval history, will be joined by colleagues and friends at the Lives and Landscapes of Early Medieval Wessex conference this month. Speakers include Oxford professor Martin…

Knight vs Samurai Video

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A few months ago I post an article on the Japan Armored Battle League Knight vs Samurai event. There is finally some video footage of the event. Place your bets on the winner and then watch the video to find out.

1000 years of European borders change in this timelapse map

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This is a great timelapse video showing how European borders have changed over the last 1000 years. Watching the borders ebb and flow during the medieval years is fascinating! The more modern era of the 18th and 19th century are amazing as you watch the growth of Russia and Germany. Enjoy the video

800 Years Later, India’s Nalanda University opens again

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One of India’s most famous universities from antiquity, . Both the ruins of the old Nalanda University and the new Nalanda University are located near Rajgir in India’s Bihar state, an area that has a high concentration of ancient religious and historical sites, including Bodh Gaya, the site where the Buddha gained Enlightenment. This area…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer

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I’ve watched and loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy but I still haven’t seen any of The Hobbit movies. This December The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in movie theaters across the world. It is the third and final installment of The Hobbit trilogy. Director Peter Jackson described The Hobbit: The…