Researcher recovers face of 16th-century ‘vampire’ woman from Italy

Researchers have reconstructed the face of a 16th-century Italian woman, whose burial style indicated that she was believed to be a vampire, according to an upcoming academic article to be published on Monday. 

The research, published in Cicero Moraes’s book The Facial Close-up of the “Vampira” from Venice, found that the woman was around 60 years old when she was buried. 

Buried in a mass grave for medieval plague victims in Venice, researchers were intrigued by her body when they discovered her in 2006 with a brick placed in her mouth. The brick had been placed before she was entombed. 

It was theorized that the brick had been placed to prevent the ‘vampire’ woman from feasting on the dead bodies of plague victims buried alongside her.

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