In ancient times there was a very strange and even horrific tradition. For example, in 2016 in Kabardino-Balkaria was excavated the skeleton of a 16-year-old girl during the first century of our era with abnormally long skull shape. The archaeologists explained that in ancient times children specially tight tying of the head as an elongated head was considered a sign of high society. In 2018, the archaeologists found the remains of more terrible in Italy — the skeleton of a 10-year-old boy with a stone in his mouth.
The burial was found by archaeologists from the University of Arizona and Stanford University. It was located in the Italian region Umbria, in the cemetery of infants La Necropoli dei Bambini. It is assumed that the boy lived in the fifth century and, like all buried in this place children, died of malaria. According to archaeologists, those who buried the child feared his resurrection from the dead, and the spread of the disease. As protection they put in his mouth a great stone — it was done deliberately, because on its surface there are scratches from the teeth.
Local residents have nicknamed the boy was found “Vampire of Lugnano”. Earlier in this place were found graves with “magical” objects like a crow’s claws and bronze boilers with ash. The oldest skeleton belonged to a three year old girl — her hands and feet were weighed down with heavy stones. In ancient times people believed that in this way they do not give the “evil forces” out from the bodies of sick people.
Similar remains have been found in other parts of Italy. For example, in 2009, archaeologists unearthed the body of an elderly woman of the XVI century with a brick in his mouth. It was subsequently called the “Vampire of Venice.”
A team of archaeologists will return to the cemetery of infants in the summer of 2019. They are going to learn how people react to outbreaks of malaria. They recall that such studies help them to understand how people thought in antiquity. What do you think about this? Tell us in our Telegram chat.