This is the skull of a suspected vampire.
“At the time the woman died, many people believed that the plague was spread by ‘vampires’ which, rather than drinking people’s blood, spread disease by chewing on their shrouds after dying. Grave-diggers put bricks in the mouths of suspected vampires to stop them from doing this.”
Huh. I found her on Legacy Matters, a fascinating blog that’s mostly about death.
The link above is to the site’s “No Way to Go” section, which is worth a look, my friends. Here’s a Roald Dahlian photo of a priest who floated away with a bunch of helium balloons and was never found.
Given some of the more choice examples in the “No Way to Go” section, this one is looking like an unequivocally excellent way to go.
I prefer to think he just floated right on up, no waiting.