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'Vampire' graveyard discovered in Poland

By T.K. Randall
July 15, 2013 · Comment icon 19 comments

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Four skeletons unearthed in southern Poland are believed to have been subject to a vampire burial.
The graveyard was found at the small town of Gliwice and is believed to date back to the 16th century. The skeletons were all found with their heads removed and placed between their legs, a typical practice at the time reserved for those suspected of being vampires. Such beliefs have been a long-standing tradition in the region with the burial position intended to prevent the skeletons from rising from the dead.

Another vampire burial was recently discovered in Bulgaria consisting of two skeletons with iron rods through their chests as per tradition during the 14th century. As many as 100 graves of this type have been unearthed across various eastern European countries in recent years.
Researchers came across a spooky discovery when they unearthed a graveyard that appeared to contain the skeletons of four Poles suspected of being vampires.


Source: Huffington Post | Comments (19)




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Comment icon #10 Posted by sam_comm 11 years ago
I don't think that Vampires with surnatural powers really did exist but the cult of Vampirisim certainly did exist. I think that some aspects that we know of Vampire today have been attributed to them based on some believes that common people shared in the past. Just like there were people accused and burned for witchcraft in the middle-age, been accused of Vampirism was probably a death sentence as well in the 14th century in Europe.
Comment icon #11 Posted by shrooma 11 years ago
pity it wasn't the cast of twilight.....
Comment icon #12 Posted by patagonianhorsesnake 11 years ago
rather sad, honestly
Comment icon #13 Posted by The world needs you 11 years ago
and the full article is where? 404... Unsure why it is not working for you guys but it is working fine here. Here is the link in url format: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/12/vampire-graveyard-poland-beheaded-skeletons_n_3588426.html Alternatively one can google the search terms: 'Vampire' Graveyard Unearthed In Poland; Beheaded Skeletons Found In Tell-Tale Burial Position (PHOTO)
Comment icon #14 Posted by DieChecker 11 years ago
What I'm wondering is why are these Eastern Europeans digging up graveyards?
Comment icon #15 Posted by d e v i c e 11 years ago
Vampires
Comment icon #16 Posted by Columbo 11 years ago
In this and probably all such cases, delete word vampire and insert phrase "Person still following some pagan practises". Evidence here of an earlier and unspoken "holocaust". I think you hit the nail right on the head. Well said!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Columbo 11 years ago
I don't think that Vampires with surnatural powers really did exist but the cult of Vampirisim certainly did exist. I think that some aspects that we know of Vampire today have been attributed to them based on some believes that common people shared in the past. Just like there were people accused and burned for witchcraft in the middle-age, been accused of Vampirism was probably a death sentence as well in the 14th century in Europe. That is an interesting comparison. I never thought of the "vampire hunt" in old Europe being the same as the "witch hunts" in the USA. Thank you for pointing tha... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Tutankhaten-pasheri 11 years ago
I don't think that Vampires with surnatural powers really did exist but the cult of Vampirisim certainly did exist. I think that some aspects that we know of Vampire today have been attributed to them based on some believes that common people shared in the past. Just like there were people accused and burned for witchcraft in the middle-age, been accused of Vampirism was probably a death sentence as well in the 14th century in Europe. This is true, for if you search for "witch hunts" in Western Europe you will find very many, yet search in Middle and Eastern Europe and there are hardly any. Bu... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by the L 11 years ago
Archaeologists in Poland believe they've made a startling discovery: a group of vampire graves. http://www.livescience.com/38148-vampire-grave-uncovered-vampire-burial.html


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