Two early medieval skeletons were unearthed recently in Ireland with large stones wedged into their mouths -- evidence that it was feared the individuals would rise from their graves like zombies. The skeletons were dug up as part of a large research excavation near Lough Key in Ireland by a group led by Chris Read, an archaeologist from the Institute of Technology in Sligo. According to Read, the mouth was viewed as the main portal for the soul to leave the body upon death. Sometimes, the soul could come back to the body and re-animate it or else an evil spirit could enter the body through the mouth and bring it back to life.
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