reported that two skeletons had been unearthed in Sozopol, Bulgaria, that had been pinned with iron rods to prevent them transforming into vampires. A third skeleton has now been unearthed during excavations in a monastery courtyard in the Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo.
Archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov said "The skeleton was tied to the ground with four iron clamps, while burning ambers were placed on top of his grave," the Egyptian Gazette
Thus far the bones have been identified as belonging to a man in his thirties and Ovcharov said they are at least several centuries old. He added "This man is not a vampire but was subjected to this pagan superstition-driven ritual to prevent him from becoming one after his death."
One of the skeletons unearthed in Sozopol is due to go on display at Sofia's national historical museum this week. The Daily Mail
reported museum chief Bozidhar Dimitrov said around 100 vampire corpses have been discovered in Bulgaria in recent years.