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ARCHAEOLOGY FUN FACTS: VAMPIRES!

TIME FOR AN ARCHAEOLOGY FUN FACT! 🧛🏼‍♀️🧛🏼⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

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There is this Witcher meme that is going around: ⁣⁣

“When it is finally 2020 but you realize that both 1820 and 1920 had massive plague outbreaks.” ⁣⁣

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However funny, I thought I’d take this time to explain one of the origins of..... the vampires! ⁣⁣

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“Vampire scares” usually coincided with plagues (specifically, in Europe). People believed the causes of whatever plague diseases were because of vampires. ⁣⁣

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In the decomposition process, a corpse’s skin shrinks and the teeth, fingernails would appear to have grown longer. When the internal organs break down, dark “purge fluid” (a type of decomposition fluid) would leak out of the nose and mouth.⁣⁣

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When archaeologists discovered bricks in the mouth of corpses, the evidence had proved the connection with the traditional beliefs of vampires. ⁣

Other inedible objects commonly used were: soil, stone, and coin. ⁣

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One uneducated with decomposing bodies can easily interpret the fluid to be blood instead! 😅⁣⁣

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Could you imagine walking to an opened grave and seeing all these bodily fluids? What would you have thought?! ⁣⁣

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