The remains of a 10-year-old buried during the fifth century in an ancient Roman cemetery in Italy's Umbria region. Researchers believe the child died of malaria and a stone was deliberately inserted into the mouth after death to prevent the child from rising from the dead. Photo: David Pickel/Stanford University

Archaeologists find bizarre burial site of ‘Vampire of Lugnano’, a child ancient Romans feared would rise from the dead

A limestone rock was stuffed in the mouth of the dead child 1,500 years ago, surrounded by other ‘deviant’ graves

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The remains of a 10-year-old buried during the fifth century in an ancient Roman cemetery in Italy's Umbria region. Researchers believe the child died of malaria and a stone was deliberately inserted into the mouth after death to prevent the child from rising from the dead. Photo: David Pickel/Stanford University
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