Could the discovery of brutally impaled corpses in Eastern Europe shed new light on the origins of the vampire myths?
The vampire is one of the most terrifying mythological monsters of all time but the romantic vampire of modern fiction is very different to the horrible, undead creature our ancestors believed in. In Bulgaria, archaeologists are excavating a graveyard where they find a skeleton that has been brutally impaled with an iron stake. Why did people here believe that the dead were rising from the grave? What did they see that convinced them that blood-sucking vampires existed? Now science and archaeology is starting to reveal what really inspired the vampire stories and just how deep fear of these monsters ran.