Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

March 26, 2013

Archaeologists save Batesville from ‘vampires’

Ben Morris
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Archaeologists in Bulgaria have uncovered two 800-year-old “vampire” skeletons in the Black Sea community of Sozopol.

The two were staked in the chest before burial outside a local monastery, ensuring the local townsfolk that these two corpses would never rise from their graves to feast on the blood of the living. Bulgarian authorities have announced that more than 100 vampire burials have been unearthed in recent years. In 2009 archaeologists digging near Venice, Italy, uncovered the ghastly white body of a woman buried in the Middle Ages with a brick in her mouth. The brick is thought to have prevented her from eating the living should she decide to rise some dark night from her crypt.

So, tonight, after you have gone to bed, if you hear something that goes bump at the foot of your bed ... oh, well ... pleasant dreams.

Ben Morris is an archaeological and historical columnist for the Daily News. He can be reached at 812-932-0298 or