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this skeleton was found buried with metal spikes through shoulders, heart area and ankles.


Vampire Skeleton Rediscovered in Britain

Details of one of the few “vampire” burials in Britain have emerged as a new archaeological report details the long forgotten discovery of a skeleton found buried with metal spikes through shoulders, heart area and ankles.

Dating from 550-700 A.D., the skeleton was unearthed in 1959 in the minster town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, during excavations in preparation for a new school. The dig also turned up Roman remains.

Archaeologist Charles Daniels immediately recognized the skeletal remains as being out of the ordinary, but no further investigation was carried out at that time.

"Daniels did jokingly comment he had ‘checked the eye teeth,’ clearly associating the skeleton with the vampire being," Matthew Beresford, of Southwell Archaeology told Discovery News.

take a bite…

dude, was “Predator X” not a cool enough name? high standard *scoff*

wait, they’re calling it funkei?! that’s pretty damn cool.

i feel a science rap coming on…

Sea Monster ‘Predator X’ Gets Official Name

It’s official: A giant, marine reptile that roamed the seas roughly 150 million years ago is a new species.

The animal, now named Pliosaurus funkei, spanned about 40 feet (12 meters) and had a massive 6.5-foot-long (2 m) skull with a bite four times as powerful as Tyrannosaurus rex.

In 2006, scientists unearthed two massive pliosaur skeletons in Svalbard, Norway, a string of islands halfway between Europe and the North Pole. The giant creatures, one of which was dubbed Predator X at the time, looked slightly different from other pliosaurs discovered in England and France over the last century and a half.

"They were the top predators of the sea," said study co-author Patrick Druckenmiller, a paleontologist at the University of Alaska Museum. "They had teeth that would have made a T. rex whimper.”

"It’s not just that we found a new species, we’ve been discovering a whole ecosystem," Druckenmiller said.

get funkei with it…

Shakespeare’s Original Audiences

Recent excavations at five of nine London playhouses built between 1567 and 1642 are revealing what the theater-going experience was like for William Shakespeare’s (1564-1616) first audiences.

Many appear to have enjoyed blood-spewing animal fights, messy finger foods, and goblets full of alcoholic beverages. The stage goings on, however, would have dazzled onlookers with shimmering costumes, mood lighting and the prolific playwright’s memorable words.

see the evidence…

Skulls from Sacrificial Rituals Found at Temple

Archaeologists have unearthed gruesome evidence of brutal Aztec rituals by uncovering 50 skulls and over 250 jaw bones at the Templo Mayor in Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City).

Found at one sacrificial stone below a ceremonial platform called the “cuauhxicalco,” the human remains date back more than 500 years and represent the largest number of skulls ever found in one offering.

Each of the five skulls had holes on both sides, suggesting they belonged to a tzompantli. This was a skull rack on which the crania of sacrificed people were hung and displayed near temples or at other locations.

get this through your head…

Tomb of Mayan Queen Found

Archaeologists in Guatemala say they have discovered the 7th-century tomb of warrior Queen, Lady K’abel, one of the greatest queens of classic Maya civilization.

The most powerful person in Waka’ during her lifetime, Lady K’abel is known in Maya archaeology because of a beautiful and detailed portrait of her in a stela dated to 692 A.D. The carved stone slab was looted from Waka’ in the 1960s and is now in the Cleveland Art Museum.

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for some reason the song Caribbean Queen is now stuck in my head.

Where was it?

Under a parking lot.

Medieval Church Discovered

The hunt for King Richard III’s grave is heating up, with archaeologists announcing that they have located the church where the king was buried in 1485.

These discoveries leave us in no doubt that we are on the site of Leicester’s Franciscan Friary, meaning we have crossed the first significant hurdle of the investigation.

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Syrian Cultural Sites Damaged by Conflict 

These beautiful pieces of history are being maimed by modern problems. This is so sad.


Cultural monuments throughout Syria, like this mosque in Azaz north of Aleppo, have been damaged by shelling, gunfire, and ongoing violence.

Mark Antony and Cleopatra once visited the column-lined streets of the Roman city Apamea, now located near the modern Syrian city of Hama. This year…

The scientists believe this army lost. What a way to go.

Skeleton Army Rises from Bog

The remains of hundreds of warriors have resurfaced from a Danish bog, suggesting that a violent event took place at the site about 2,000 years ago.

"It’s clear that this must have been a quite far-reaching and dramatic event that must have had profound effect on the society of the time," the project manager said.

Showing distinct weapon marks, the Iron Age bones can be found all over a large area.

the bones go marching one by one…

'Frankenstein' Mummies Are a Mix of Corpses

Mummies found off the coast of Scotland are Frankenstein-like composites of several corpses, researchers say.

This mixing of remains was perhaps designed to combine different ancestries into a single lineage, archaeologists speculated.

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Ancient Skeleton of Woman Found Near Cow

The skeleton of a 1400-year-old Anglo-Saxon woman buried alongside a cow has emerged from a former children’s playground near Cambridge in England, making the “cow woman” an extraordinary unique find.

Described as “hugely exciting” and “bizarre,” the burial was uncovered by students from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire.

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Mysterious Structures Found in Syrian Desert

An ancient landscape of stone circles, alignments and possible tombs lies out in the Syrian Desert, according to a Royal Ontario Museum archaeologist who has dubbed the mysterious structures “Syria’s Stonehenge.”

"These enigmatic arrangements are not especially imposing, they are not megaliths or anything like that, but they are very intriguing and clearly deliberately aligned," Robert Mason of Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum told Discovery News.

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Artifacts Unearthed at Olympic Park

Roman artifacts from the Iron Age have been found at the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Top image: 20th Century Boer War Spitoon

Bottom image: 20th Century Toy Iron Sword

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