Two skeletons from the Middle Ages with iron rods pierced through their chest were unearthed by archaeologists in Bulgaria. These iron rods keep them from turning into vampires, head of the history museum said on Wednesday.
Pagans at the time were into the idea that people who were bad their whole life might turn into vampires when they die unless they put an iron or wooden rods on their chest before burying them.
Blood-sucking monsters we call vampires are well known legends in the Balkan states. The most famous of them all who lived in Transylvania, a place in Romania, is the Prince of Darkness better known as Dracula.