Although these days the most surefire method used to slay vampire is a stake through the heart, hundreds of years ago that was not considered sufficient. Allow us to introduce you to the ancient alternative – the brick through the mouth. Think about it. What’s the easiest way to keep a vampire from sucking blood? Cram his face full of cement no doubt. The skull you are looking at here was found by archaeologists just outside Venice in a mass grave.
The remains of a female 'vampire' from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims
‘Vampire’ Skeletons Found in Bulgaria Two medieval “vampire” skeletons emerged near a monastery in the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Sozopol, local archaeologists announced. Dating back 800 years to the Middle Ages, the skeletons were unearthed with iron rods pierced through their chests — evidence of an exorcism against a vampire. The ritual was aimed at preventing potentially dangerous people, such as enemies, murderers, or those who died a sudden strange death from becoming vampires.
'Vampire Cemetery' Found in Poland -- 17 skeletons buried with their severed skulls placed between the knees or hands have been uncovered in Poland. The burial practice is how vampires used to be interred according to archaeologists. The bodies date from the 15th or 16th centuries when the fear of vampires was widespread in Eastern Europe.