Romania - an unusual skeleton unearthed by a student. Due to the grave site, the remains are suspected as the vampire myth.
Phys.org reported a confusing grave site which was dug up by a team led by a student in Romania. Coco James, a student of Master of Biological Anthropology in The Australian National University (ANU) is eager to help archaeology. The skeleton unearthed at the cemetery of Transylvania is an evidence in the history of Szekely people.
According to City News, Coco's team has the skeleton unearthed at a total of 49 at the cemetery which is from the 17th to 19th Century. Meanwhile, grave 42 shows unusual appearance and characteristics among other graves, which made them curious to study it further.
Coco James mentioned that the grave number 42 carries lots of items than others on the burial site. Things like brass buttons, coins, a leather liner, and coins are present on the grave with enormous coins in his hands. Usually, the other graves have only two very small coins, while grave number 42 has five present coins.
Additionally, grave number 42 shows a good health without any indicators of a disease on its body when it's still alive. However, a trauma was seen which is similar to other graves and he was only at the predicted age of 27 to 35. Also, grave number 42 is thought to be a wealthy person with a good community standing.
Aside from the number of items, the alignment of the skeleton unearthed showed the different pattern. "He was buried almost upside down, rolled onto his side and tilting downwards," Coco said. Their team has come up in a similar situation predicted that during the burial the people might lose grip on the coffin that results for it to rolled out and fell.
The graves were actually from Hungary and migrated to Transylvania in the 11th or 12th Century. The reason why the Szekely people don't really consider themselves as Hungarian or either Romanian. The skeleton unearthed by the team and the conclusion of their work will be presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Conference this April. While the confusing grave number 42 is still questionable for the common people thought it will give a clue to the vampire myth in Romania.