VENICE – An archaeologist excavating mass graves of plague victims in Venice has discovered the skull of an alleged vampire!

Matteo Borini of the University of Florence removed the skeleton from a mass grave dating back to 1576. The skull has a brick shoved into the mouth, which grave diggers often did of suspected vampires. At the time, many citizens believed the plague was being spread by vampires.


The myth of vampirism was spread during the Middle Ages because of the lack of understanding of decay. A bloody substance was often expelled from the mouth after death, causing the shroud to sag in and tear.

During the plague, gravediggers often dumped new bodies into old graves, allowing them to see these “chewed on” shrouds. This led to the belief that shroud-chewing was the mystical way vampires were spreading the disease. The brick was to keep them at bay.

This is the grave where Borini discovered the skull:


While these circumstances can explain vampirism away in Italy, surely this can not discount vampire legends as far away as Africa, the Americas and even Asia?

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27 thoughts on “VAMPIRE SKULL FOUND”

  1. How can you say its a Vampire if there are no fangs based on the picture I see and how can you actually tell that was a girl?

  2. Ahem. At the time of the burial of this skull, the existence of vampires was fully believed, not because of fangs, but because of normal decomposition that was not understood at the time. They only way they had to explain it was – oh god(s), it's a vampire!

    Please see this article for a further, somewhat less biased explanation.

  3. you don't have to have fangs to consider to be a vampire even blunt human teeth can draw blood if you bite down hard enough. every culture has different belives in vampires i think it is cool that this was found. it shows us how far back that the beliefs in vampires really goes.

  4. i have never belivered of vampire and have not been convienced with the write-ups or pix that any thing like that ever exist.If there have been, there should have been an occurance recently in any part of the world,hence i presume that all about vampires are all insinuation.No adequate proof to back it up.

  5. That is probably the best article that ever cross my reference. I don't see why anybody ought to disagree. It might be too easy #for them# to comprehend…anyway nice work i'm coming back right here for Extra Great Stuff!!

  6. Well I have entered vampire sites, most Ppl will do anything to b vampire, losing control of there nervous system, mezmerised by there existance. Poisening,killing anyone that is resembles vampire. Probably why none around to this day.

  7. to many things in this world that no one know about , and i bet theres a lot more where this come form to ,so if there out there ,there been there for a long time and now the every where now

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