|'Vampire' skeleton found in Poland|
According to the Daily Mail report on Friday 2 September 2022, Professor Dariusz of the Nicholas Copernicus University led the excavation of the remains of the archaeological skeleton found near Bydgoszcz, a city in northern Poland. The vampire was found wearing a silk hat and with protruding front teeth.
"The scythe was not laid flat, but was placed on the neck in such a way that if he tried to get up ... his head would be cut off or injured," Poliński told the Daily Mail.
In the 11th century, Eastern Europeans reported concerns about vampires and began treating the dead with anti-vampire rituals, according to the Smithsonian magazine. They believe that "some of the dead will crawl out of the graves as blood-sucking monsters that terrorize the living", as quoted from the ScienceAlert page, Thursday (8/9/2022).
In the 17th century, ScienceAlert reported that such burial practices "became common throughout Poland in response to a reported outbreak of vampires."
"Other ways to protect against the return of the dead include cutting off the head or feet, placing the deceased face down to bite the ground, burning it, and crushing it with stones," Poliński told the New York Post.
Although other common anti-vampire burial methods included metal rods hammering through the skeleton, bodies in Poland were found with scythes around their necks and legs padlocked to contain them.
The padlocked big toe attached to the skeleton's left leg, Poliński told the Daily Mail, probably symbolized "the closing of a stage and the impossibility of returning".
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