Vampires have been the rage in Hollywood nowadays. Before Twilight and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, vampires were a serious problem. Consider them the guidos of the past. In the 5th century, folks tried numerous ways to prevent other folks from rising from the dead. One way was completely bizarre.

Gone too soon

As a 10-year-old, your only job is to annoy your parents and hang out with friends. One 10-year-old kid had their life cut short due to malaria. While the disease might not mean much today, in 5th century Rome, it meant disaster. Huge populations of people were killed due to this disease back in the day. Alexander The Great succumbed to the disease when he was only 33 years old.

Med In Action

Without proper medication, this unnamed child had to suffer until their death. Because of their malaria condition, they were transmitted to a different section of the cemetery.

The dead stay dead

After this child’s death, the villagers were completely enamored with life after death. They were fearful that this child would somehow reawaken to kill them. In order to prevent his reanimation, they tested out a procedure.


While you might think they did some wild stuff with possible magic, it wasn’t that complex. They just simply placed a rock in its mouth. There was no voodoo involved or any chants being howled. It’s safe to say Hollywood would pass on making this a live action adaptation.

Unearthing the past

Earlier this year, archaeologists unveiled this child’s skeleton to make the shocking discovery. When it comes to the whole ordeal, archaeologist Jordan Wilson says these give us a better insight into theories of death. We have a saying in bioarchaeology: ‘The dead don’t bury themselves.’ We can tell a lot about people’s beliefs and hopes and by the way they treat the dead,” he said in a statement.

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Unfortunately, a simple rock couldn’t stop someone from turning into a vampire today. We’ve seen enough episodes of Buffy to know this.