Are Vampires Real? – Grove of The Vampire of Lugnano Discovered

Are Vampires Real? - Grove of The Vampire of Lugnano Discovered

Vampire legends and stories abound and the movies about them are endless. Always it’s about blood-sucking vampires, dead men walking, the evil dead coming alive and other such blood-chilling plots. The one thing that lingers in the minds of all, the one question is… are vampires real?

Now here is a difficult question that’s rather hard to answer given that there are no accurate historical records of any living vampire ever. However, there were many people who, for one reason or the other, paraded themselves as vampires. This was particularly so in ancient times in that region of the world known today as a nation called Hungary.

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The Origin of Vampires and Vampire Legends

The true origin of Vampires is to be found in folklore that was widely reported from ancient lands of Eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary, Poland, etc) in the later part of the 17th and 18th centuries. These tales formed the foundation of the vampire legend that later got into Germany and then England, where they were subsequently embellished (made more attractive) and popularized.

The legend of Dracula, also known as Count Dracula, originated this way. The famous author who is to be credited with this masterpiece of a vampire tale, Bram Stoker, actually named his infamous character after a real live aristocrat of his time who happened to have a devilish taste for human blood, Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or — as he is mainly known — Vlad the Impaler

And then there were the vampire legends of America where it was said that vampires stalked farms in New England. This caused a lot of chaos and violence, which saw people digging up dead relatives,  and yet no clear scientific proof could be found anywhere that vampires did really exist.

Are Vampires Real? – Grove of The Vampire of Lugnano Discovered

So Are Vampires Real or Not?

Centuries later, with all the vampire movies and books, the question does arise again in many quarters… are vampires real?

Perhaps science has finally found an answer to that question in an old legend based in a region of Italy with a history dating back over a thousand years to Roman times.

Are Vampires Real? – Grove of The Vampire of Lugnano Discovered


The Vampire of Lugnano

In a recent archeological dig in Italy, archeologists from the University of Arizona a very strange grave. The grave of what is apparently a child vampire!

The ‘vampire burial’ was recently found inside an ancient Roman site in a region fo Umbria in Italy and the strange thing about it was the way the child vampire was buried.

The normal method of driving a wooden stake right through the heart to kill a real vampire wasn’t used in this case. Instead, a rock was jammed into the open mouth of this little 10-year-old child vampire, apparently, to stop him from rising from the grave.

David Soren, a member to the team of archeologists told some newsmen that the find has rekindled the old legend of the child vampire,

‘Locally, the people are calling this find the ‘Vampire of Lugnano. I have never quite seen anything this one. It’s extremely unnerving and weird.’

Neither have anyone!

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 Notice the stone in the teeth of the skull? Was it placed there on purpose? Why?

The archaeological team stumbled upon this ‘vampire burial site’ well below ground level in the commune of Lugnano, located in Teverina, Italy and they have come to believe that the rock was forced inside the mouth of that little child as part of a strange funeral ritual of the time to ward off disease and, in general, evil. But most important than not it was put there to prevent the little vampire child from rising right out from the grave!

Are Vampires Real? – Grove of The Vampire of Lugnano Discovered

Just Another Vampire Myth Built on Reality?

This burial site was discovered over at La Necropoli dei Bambini, which in translation means… the Cemetery of the Babies. This site actually dates back to the mid-fifth century, a time when there was a deadly outbreak of malaria within the region.

Of course, the locals of the time had no idea what malaria was. They believed it was pure evil and so employed the use of witchcraft to fight it, hence the storage graves. Yes, others were found too.

Leader and director of the team of archaeologists, David Pickel, told reports that the discovery of the graves would give researchers an insight into the devastating malaria epidemic that swept through Umbria nearly 1,500 years ago – and exactly how locals ‘used witchcraft’ to fight it.

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Other Vampire Burial Sites

The team of American archaeologists had also found the grave of a toddler and infant bones alongside the bones of toads and raven talons, bronze cauldrons that was filled with ash and the remains of puppies, all of which seem to have been part of a sacrifice. These are normal objects and practices very commonly associated with voodoo, magic, and witchcraft.

 The strange bones in other graves

In the new grave were the remains of a 3-year-old child, a girl, with several stones weighing down her little hands and feet — an old method or practice used by several European cultures throughout history to ensure that the dead stay in their graves.

Archeologist Soren puts it this way, ‘We know that the ancient Romans were quite concerned with the problem of epidemics and would even go to the unusual extent of employing witchcraft to keep such evil at bay – whatever it is contaminating the human body – from coming out after a sick person dies.’

Archeologist Wilson also noted that though the 10-year-old child’s remains have not yet undergone the usual DNA testing, the child had an abscessed tooth – a clear side effect of the disease malaria.

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Wrapping Thing Up

So are vampires real or not. Well, the answer is pretty obvious. Each time a vampire legend pups up there is always a logical explanation somewhere.

The old legend of the vampire Dracula was simply based on the tale of a crazy Romanian prince how loved to impale people, drain their blood and drink it while still warm.

The new legend of the Vampire of Lugnano, on the other hand, appears to be based on a 10-year-old kid with a bad tooth!



The famous writer Stephen King wrote a lot of stories about vampires or vampire-like creatures. You can read about one here: The Creature IT.

One of my books, yet to come, is also based on the subject and this article is in order. You can read some of my books here for free

Are Vampires Real? – Grove of The Vampire of Lugnano Discovered


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