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Vampire burial: Proof of vampire fears found, stake pierced into skeleton's leg

A vampire burial has been recently unearthed in Poland, a rare find which appears to be living proof that fears of these mythical creatures have indeed been around for centuries. The recent archaeological dig revealed a number of “unsettling aspects” that point to the idea that the individual being buried was thought to be a vampire, including such facets as a stake through the leg and the teeth being removed. CNN reports this Wednesday, May 28, that the study of the skeleton is ongoing, but lead archaeologist Slawomir Gorka says the find looks highly promising.

The burial of a vampire grave discovered in Poland
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While most forms of popular culture would suggest that a vampire burial should be found in Transylvania — or for “Twilight” fans, in plain old Forks, Washington — it was in fact a small region in western Poland that is home to this unique exhumation. The strange discovery of bones and vampirism, made by Gorka and his expert team of diggers, was uncovered in the rural town of Kamien Pomorski.

What makes the public believe this particular gravesite to be home to what was once the burial of a (believed to be) vampire, the mythical creature thought to have sharp fangs and sucking human’s blood? When the skeleton was brought to light, the team of archaeologists found that most of its teeth had been pulled out, a large piece of rock had been stuffed into its mouth, and a leg was staked all the way through with a sharp weapon (as if to deter the body from ever rising back from the dark grave).

The NY Daily News adds this evening that this isn’t the first time Poland has been site to creepy elements like a vampire burial. Just this 2013, diggers unearthed a total of four skeletons with their heads cleanly cut off (the heads were soon found set between the thigh bones). Both these past discoveries and this latest vampiric find are thought to date back to sometime in the mid to late 1500s.

While these gravesites may hold garish contents, the source notes that they do in fact tie in with medieval Polish beliefs and rites, including that of past legends surrounding how to “kill” a vampire and keep it dead in the ground. So although these burials certainly do not act as living proof that vampires once existed, they do stand (or lie down, perhaps) as solid evidence that a fascination and fear of vampires has been around for hundreds of years.

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