Vampire Prevention in Eighth Century Ireland (via Contagions)

A post from my other blog that may be of interest to early medievalists….

Vampire Prevention in Eighth Century Ireland About a year ago, I wrote of the discovery of a 'vampire' in a medieval plague cemetery in Venice. News came out Monday of a similar find of not one but two men with stones thrust into their mouths at a site  at Kilteasheen, near Loch Key, Knockvicar in Co Roscommon, Ireland. As you can see from our friend to the right here, there is a baseball size rock stuffed in his mouth. These rocks are usually interpreted as a prevention method to keep the … Read More

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One comment on “Vampire Prevention in Eighth Century Ireland (via Contagions)

  1. I’d love to see bioarchaeology of every gravesite. I wonder how that could get funded?

    I still think stones in the mouth/rising from dead is an indicator of either mass burial, or memory of recent mass burial–as the result of, say, plague or famine. Large numbers of bodies decomposing at once leads to corpses at the top being heaved out of the ground. Add the ‘clawing out of the ground’ look to the usual shrunken gums and retracted cuticles of early decomposition, and it’s easy to come up with ‘vampire’.

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