Archeologists working a dig on an ancient Irish gravesite have come across two bodies coming out of the 8th century (but not buried at the same time mind you) with stones lodged in their mouths.
The two men- one between 40-60 years of age and the other between 20-30 years of age- were found laying side by side, each with a baseball sized stone jammed somewhat violently into their mouths.
It is believed that the odd discovery of the bodied buried in that manner has some occult based significance; the stone in the mouth typically signified some sort of vampire slaying ritual (in the 8th century Irish, their “vampires” were undead bodies raised via demonic possession with a taste for human flesh).
“…the stones in the mouth might have acted as a barrier to stop revenants from coming back from their graves," said Chris Read, head of the Applied Archeologist at IT Sligo to the Discovery News.
“It was viewed as the main portal for the soul to leave the body upon death. Sometimes, the soul could come back to the body and re-animate it or else an evil spirit could enter the body through the mouth and bring it back to life…”
Of course, being that this was happening in Ireland circa 700 something, it is just as likely that these guys had contracted a cold or something and that the stone was what these primitive savages thought was the best way to keep the sick on the inside.
But zombies are more fun so let’s just stick with that…