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Unexpected Rome: The Skull of St. Valentine - An American in Rome

Unexpected Rome: The Skull of St. Valentine - An American in Rome

Skull Cathedral in Otranto. In 1480AD, Muslim invaders martyred 800 residents of the town of Otranto, Italy. Their remains were taken to the cathedral and the bones were arranged behind the altar as testament to their faith.

Skull Cathedral in Otranto. In 1480 AD, Muslim invaders martyred 800 residents of the town of Otranto, Italy. Their remains were taken to the cathedral and the bones were arranged behind the altar as testament to their faith.

The skull of the "Vampire of Venice" was found in a mass plague grave with a brick stuck in its jaw in 2006. Forensic archaeologist, Matteo Borrini, used every bit of science at his disposal to investigate this skull and the person it may have been. The article attached to the link is very interesting - if you like this sort of thing.

The skull of the "Vampire of Venice" was found in a mass plague grave with a brick stuck in its jaw in Forensic archaeologist, Matteo Borrini, used every bit of science at his disposal to investigate this skull and the person it may have been.

Proof that some myths have history to them: this was found in a mass grave in Italy. The brick was forced into the woman's mouth to prevent her from becoming a vampire. Because people didn't understand how the decaying body worked, many natural signs were taken to be supernatural. This was preventative. National Geographic did a whole article on it; it was fascinating.

40 Rare and Important Archaeological Finds of all time

The remains of a female 'vampire' from Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims.>>> a vampire in Venice?

A new fossil discovery finally solves the mystery. The fossil fish, named Heteronectes (meaning 'different swimmer'), was found in 50 million year old marine rocks from northern Italy. This study provides the first detailed description of a primitive flatfish, revealing that the migrated eye had not yet crossed to the opposite side of the skull.  (Credit: Image by M. Friedman)

Mystery of the flatfish head solved

A new fossil discovery finally solves the mystery. The fossil fish, named Heteronectes (meaning 'different swimmer'), was found in 50 million year old marine rocks from northern Italy. This study provides the first detailed description of a primitive flatfish, revealing that the migrated eye had not yet crossed to the opposite side of the skull. (Credit: Image by M. Friedman)

Da Vinci sketch of a skull dissection.

Leonardo da Vinci Inventions That You Need to See to Believe

The Skull Cathedral in Otranto, Salento, Italy. The skulls are from 800 martyrs who were beheaded after a Turkish invasion. #Cathedrals #SkullCathedral

Weird and Offbeat Sites - The Skull Cathedral in Otranto.

The Skull Cathedral in Otranto, Salento, Italy. The skulls are from 800 martyrs who were beheaded after a Turkish invasion.

20 great things to do in Naples Eat perfect pizza, marvel at 'Seven Acts of Mercy' and adopt a skull

15 great things to do in Naples

Other scans attempt to bring the skull of another victim to life using a specific contrast dye that mimics the appearance of muscles and skin

Peering inside Pompeii's victims: Scans reveal unprecedented detail

Golden skull - Carnival of Venice 2013 by Pierpaolo De Gennaro

We dance fast and drunk we get - Danse Macabre, step by step. ~~~ Golden skull - Carnival of Venice 2013 by Pierpaolo De Gennaro

Weird and Offbeat Sites – The Skull Cathedral in Otranto.

Weird and Offbeat Sites - The Skull Cathedral in Otranto.

Otranto Cathedral has a dark and mysterious history, with a large tile floor mosaic with unknown meaning and an altar of skulls from 800 murdered martyrs.

Legend has it that if one tells a lie with one's hand inside La Bocca della Verita ("The Mouth of Truth"), it will be bitten clean off. Head to the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin on the banks of the Tiber to put the myth to the test.

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ROMA ITALIA Legend has it that if one tells a lie with one's hand inside La Bocca della Verita ("The Mouth of Truth"), it will be bitten clean off. Head to the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin on the banks of the Tiber to put the myth to the test.

Sedlec Ossuary, All Saint's Chapel, Prague - Bone Art Wall picture by allievogiovane

Sedlec Ossuary, All Saint's Chapel, Prague - Bone Art Wall photo

The crypt of the Church of Santa Maria delle Anime in Naples. In past centuries there developed here a cult of the dead. When remains were disinterred from the common grave in the floor (marked by the lights), the skulls were stacked in side chapels; devotees paid visits to them, cleaned them, and, in a way, “adopted” them, even giving the skulls back their “living” names (revealed to their caretakers in dreams). The practice was abolished in the 20th century, only to...

The crypt of the Church of Santa Maria delle Anime in Naples. In past centuries there developed here a cult of the dead. When remains were disinterred from the common grave in the floor (marked by the.

Skull is fine, but I'm thinking something different for my paint station. Possibly even the schools mascot

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