Even though zombies have become mainstream and popular over the past few decades stories of the dead rising have been around for thousands of years.
Plymouth University’s professor James Close’s March TED Talk explores the history and evolution of zombies, and other undead, through history, archaeology, and science. Titled The Evolution of the Undead: An Inspiration for the Living, the 11 minute video is definitely worth checking out.
Kolberg Cathedral painted 1492
For those of you who are not familiar with the TED Talk (Technology, Entertainment and Design) series, which began in 1984, TED Talk is a platform for brilliant minds to hold short lectures (18 minutes or under) on an array of subjects. TED Talks are easy and free to access, just visit YouTube.
You can learn more about Clairvius Narcisse, the most well documented case of a modern day zombie, here.