Actor Luke Evans and the producers of the ridiculous-looking Dracula Untold, who we presume worship a dark lord or equivalently evil being, owe him big time after this perfectly-timed piece of news: archaeologists have found Dracula’s dungeon. A team in Turkey has discovered a dungeon where Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned while still a young prince, and not yet the bloodthirsty conqueror of the Ottomans who would later inspire Bram Stoker to create his legendary character. According to Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News, “Two dungeons have also been discovered in [Tokat] castle, where Wallachian Prince Vlad III the Impaler, who was also known as Dracula, is said to have been held captive in the early 15th century. ‘We try to shed light on history with the structure layers we unearth,’ said archaeologist İbrahim Çetin, who works on the excavations. He said that the team has found food cubes and an open terrace, as well as the military shelter and dungeons that were ‘built like a prison.'”
The archaeologists could not be certain which dungeon had contained Prince Vlad, “but he was around here,” adding “the castle is completely surrounded by secret tunnels. It is very mysterious.” The young prince was held in the castle around 1442. Some scholars actually credit young Prince Vlad’s imprisonment with his blood-lust, suggesting that during his captivity he was tortured and witnessed torture, leading him to later seek revenge on his enemies by having them impaled, usually while he enjoyed dinner.