Archaeologists made an interesting discovery at a Polish cemetery in Pien. During their excavations, researchers found the skeleton of a 17th-century female “vampire.” Striking: A sickle was attached around her neck. “If the deceased had tried to rise from her grave, she would have been severely injured by the sickle,” explained Professor Dariusz Poliński of the Nicolaus Copernicus University and head of the excavations.
“People were very afraid of rising vampires back then,” it said. Because of this, the dead were treated with anti-vampire rituals. This was to prevent them from “coming back from the grave as blood-sucking monsters”.
Such a burial method was therefore very common, reported Science Alert. In Poland in particular, this was “common in response to an alleged outbreak of vampires”.
“There were other methods of protecting oneself from the return of the dead: sometimes the head or the legs were cut off – or the deceased were laid face down. Some bodies were also burned or smashed with a stone,” said Poliński.