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The Source:

"Nova nakhodka na vampir - tozi put c keciyka sreburin moneti"
in: Mediapool.bg, 10 June 2012

"New Vampire Skeleton found in Central Bulgaria"
Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency, 13 June 2012

"Another ‘vampire’ skeleton unearthed in Bulgaria"
in: Saudi Gazette.com.sa, 14 June 2012

The Case:

During excavations in the courtyard of an old monastery in Veliko Tirnova, a skeleton was found that had been fastened to the ground with 4 iron clamps. The grave also contained what was left of a bag with 30 silver coins. The date of the grave was estimated as dating back to the 18th century. According to the head of the archaeological team, Prof. Nikolay Ovcharov, the man was not a vampire. The measures had taken place to prevent him from becoming one. And the coins were meant to pay for his passage into the other world.

The Dates:

The excavations took place in 2012. We have been told that the grave might date back to the 18th Century, so for the moment let's just keep it at that.

The Place:

Tirnova (also known as Veliko Turnova , Tarnova) is an interesting town in Bulgaria, that should be easily found. It's a beautiful and most remarkable town, and I can personally testify that it is well worth a visit.

Personal Comments:

And then there are the 30 silver coins... Now I am not an avid Bible-reader (praise the Lord !) but doesn't this bring to mind the story of Judas ? And haven't there been various attempts to suggest a connection between Judas and vampirism ? And isn't Bulgaria the place that gave birth to Bogomilism with it's remarkable ideas about good and evil ? I don't have any theories or explanations, but I have a lot of questions. And I do have some serious doubts that the silver coins were merely meant to pay for the entrance into the next world.

Possible Follow-Up:

As you can see from my listed sources the story was published in places as exotic as Saudi Arabia. I bet there will be plenty of stories to follow. So you will be spoilt for choice if you want to follow-up on this case. Go check out as many sources as you can. Some of them give much more details than others.

© 2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed June 2012

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