Stalking Us for 9,000 Years: The Levantine Origins of the Undead

From enigmatic burials in prehistoric Jordan to the ancient Sumerian demoness Lilitu, the vampiric archetype originated early, and endures in a form the ancient Romans would recognize very well

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800-year-old skeleton found in Bulgaria stabbed through the chest with iron rod
800-year-old skeleton found in Bulgaria stabbed through the chest with iron rod: Attempt to thwart the undead from rising?Credit: Bin im Garten
Philippe Bohstrom
Philippe Bohstrom
A Jewish protective amulet from the 18th century that reads a warning in Hebrew: “Bind Lilith in chains!”Credit: Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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