An ancient kid’s ‘vampire burial’ consisted of actions to avoid resurrection

An ancient kid’s ‘vampire burial’ consisted of actions to avoid resurrection

Excavations in an ancient Roman cemetery turned poignantly eerie last summer. In one grave lay a roughly 10-year-old child, possibly the victim of malaria, with a stone inserted in his or her mouth. That practice was part of a funeral ritual intended to prevent the youngster from rising zombielike and spreading disease to the living,…
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