Sunday, March 15, 2009

Italy dig unearths female 'vampire' in Venice

Italy dig unearths female 'vampire' in Venice
By Ariel David, Associated Press
ROME — An archaeological dig near Venice has unearthed the 16th-century remains of a woman with a brick stuck between her jaws — evidence, experts say, that she was believed to be a vampire. The unusual burial is thought to be the result of an ancient vampire-slaying ritual. It suggests the legend of the mythical bloodsucking creatures was tied to medieval ignorance of how diseases spread and what happens to bodies after death, experts said.

The well-preserved skeleton was found in 2006 on the Lazzaretto Nuovo island, north of the lagoon city, amid other corpses buried in a mass grave during an epidemic of plague that hit Venice in 1576.

The cool article above ran in my Oakland Tribune with the pic of the poor lady with the brick in her mouth.

Then there was a review of the Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese exhibition at the MFA Boston in another paper.


(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)
St Louis, St George, and the Princess
c. 1553
Oil on canvas, 226 x 146 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

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