Archaeology in the news! Medieval Irish zombies! Aaahhh!

Did zombies roam medieval Ireland?

Two 8th-century skeletons with stones shoved in their mouths suggest that the people of the time thought so.

  • -Archaeologists in Ireland have unearthed two 8th-century skeletons buried with stones stuck into their mouths.
  • -They believe this could have been a way to ensure the dead did not rise up like zombies.
  • -Bodies identified as revenants or the “walking dead” tended to be people who had lived as outsiders.

Two early medieval skeletons were unearthed recently in Ireland with large stones wedged into their mouths — evidence, archaeologists say, that it was feared the individuals would rise from their graves like zombies.

The skeletons, which were featured in a British documentary last week, emerged during a series of digs carried out between 2005 and 2009 at Kilteasheen, near Loch Key in Ireland by a team of archaeologists led by Chris Read from the Institute of Technology in Sligo, Ireland and Thomas Finan from the University of St. Louis.

The project recovered a total of 137 skeletons, although archaeologists believe that some 3,000 skeletons spanning from 700 to 1400 are still buried at the site.

Fun fact! This was also the preferred early method of dealing with suspected vampires.

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