An Excavated Vampire

This 'vampire' died of plague in 1576 and was buried in a mass grave on an island off Venice. Interestingly she's female - previous 'vampire' graves have been mostly male, Medieval (so far older), and clustered in the area that is now the Czech Republic (summary).

This Italian example shows how superstition continued well into the late Renaissance in a supposedly enlightened Republic such as Venice.

'Vampire' discovered in mass grave - New Scientist

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