The skeleton of a “vampire woman” with a scythe around her neck was found at a grave site in 17th-century Poland. According to the researchers responsible for the discovery, the remains were also found at the Nicolaus Copernicus University. Lock attached to one of the toes.
A team led by Professor Darius Polinsky told British newspaper Daily Mail that it was an unusual burial. According to the professor, such measures were used, for example, “protection against the return of the dead”.
“Means to keep the dead from returning include cutting off the head or feet, placing them in the deceased’s stomach, burning them, and crushing them with a rock,” Polinsky said.
“The sickle was not placed horizontally, but if the deceased had tried to get up, the head would most likely have been severed or bruised,” he added.
In this discovery, the professor’s team also found a thirsty cap on the head of the skeleton, indicating that it may have belonged to someone of high status at the time of burial.
In 2015, archaeologists in the village of Trusko, about 20 kilometers away, discovered five skeletons buried similarly in a 400-year-old cemetery.
Scythes were pressed against the throat of a 35- to 44-year-old man and a 35- to 39-year-old woman.
An old woman in her 50s and 60s was buried with a scythe at her waist and a medium-sized stone at her throat.
Two other graves were also found with scythes at the throat: one of an adult woman between the ages of 30 and 39 and another of a young woman between the ages of 14 and 19.
The researchers who made the discovery said at the time that this was done “to ensure the presence of the dead in their graves”, but also to “protect the dead from evil spirits”.
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