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Friday, 28 November 2014 15:28

Potential vampires buried in the north-west of Poland in the village cemetery on the river bank Drawsko Notec with sickles and stones on their bodies, most likely, were not mysterious strangers and locals. About the mysterious burial told Leslie Gregoric (Lesley Gregoricka) from the University of South Alabama and her colleagues from the US and Canada in an article published in the journal PLoS ONE.

In the north-west of Poland apotropicheskie funeral rites traditionally practiced for protection from evil during XVII-XVIII centuries. Those of the dead, which, according to local residents, might become a vampire, for various reasons, been subjected to a series of different rituals. The study of such burials helps to understand the cultural and social practices and social identity of people living in this region once.

Excavation of a rural cemetery in north-western Poland, which lasted from 2008 to 2012, identified six unusual graves. They rested one adult male, teenage girl, three adult females and young person of unidentified gender.

Of these six, five people were buried with a sickle, razmeshёnnym the throat or abdomen. That is, if hypothetically the corpse could try to climb out of the grave, the blade would cut his head off, or would split the intestine. The sixth body was buried with a stone under the chin.

The skeleton of 45-49-year-old woman with a stone in the upper part of the throat (photo Gregoricka et al.).

Hundreds of other people in the same cemetery were buried in the usual way. Total researchers was raised from the graves of 285 human remains.

The study authors initially thought that chosen for the funeral rite apotropicheskogo body belonged to strangers. To test this hypothesis, the scientists took samples of enamel molars with 60 skeletons, including a six lying in unusual burials. Samples were analyzed for the strontium isotope ratio. Then specialists compared the isotopes of strontium in the local fauna.

As it turned out, unusual grave stored body locals, since all the skeletons ratio of strontium isotopes was typical for the area. This result suggests that the reason for the ritual burial was not that people were strangers, not like the inhabitants of the region, and the fact that any of their social identity, or the nature of their death seemed suspicious locals.

Scientists believe that the most logical explanation for the discovery may be a cholera epidemic that struck Europe in the XVII century, and in particular the graves were buried the first victims of the outbreak of an infectious disease. Since local people have never experienced before with the disease, they may fear that the dead from her rise from the dead as a vampire.

The skeleton of a woman who died at the age of 30-39 years, and buried with a sickle across the neck (photo Amy Scott).

"People are post-medieval period is not yet understood the principles of the spread of disease - explains Dr. Gregoric. - Instead of looking for scientific explanations of these epidemics and deaths, they found the mystical and supernatural explanations. They believed that the spread of the epidemic, because the first victims from their graves and begin to take revenge on the living. "

Unfortunately, cholera leaves no trace on the bones, so is safe to say that it was just it, is impossible. The assumption of scientists based on historical records.


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