Vampire skeleton goes on display

Vampire skeleton goes on display

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Journalists examine a skeleton with an iron piece during a press conference at the National History museum in Sofia on June 14, 2012. The ancient skeleton of a man, pinned down in his grave in order not to turn into a vampire, piqued interest in Bulgaria this week, where vampire tales and rites still keep their bite even nowadays. The 700-year-old skeleton -- unearthed in the necropol of a church in the Black Sea town of Sozopol earlier in June -- was stabbed in the chest with an iron rod and had his teeth pulled before being put to rest. (NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/GettyImages)

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Posted on June 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 8:43 AM

(Getty Images) -- Photos show a skeleton with an iron piece before being exposed at the National History museum in Sofia.

The ancient skeleton of a man, pinned down in his grave in order not to turn into a vampire, piqued interest in Bulgaria this week, where vampire tales and rites still keep their bite even nowadays.

The 700-year-old skeleton unearthed in the necropol of a church in the Black Sea town of Sozopol earlier in June -- was stabbed in the chest with an iron rod and had his teeth pulled before being put to rest.  

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