Accused vampire’s grave found in Poland: archaeologists

Lindsay Jolivet
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Members of the media surround a skeleton pierced with a piece of iron, on display during a media event at the National History Museum in Sofia June 14, 2012. The museum plans to display a "vampire" skeleton on Saturday after unearthing the 700-year-old remains of two men stabbed through the chest with iron rods. Archaeologists, excavating a monastery near the Black Sea city of Sozopol, discovered the skeletons, which were buried in a pagan ritual that they said was aimed at keeping the men from turning into vampires. Picture has been rotated 180 degrees. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: SOCIETY MEDIA TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A vampire has risen again in Poland, and it's on its way to suck your blood — just as soon as this Dracula finds its head.

Belief in supernatural beings fed a superstitious history in the European country where archaeologists say they have discovered the grave of an accused vampire who was executed, according to the Telegraph.

The skeleton, found near the town of Gliwice, Poland, had its skull placed on top of its legs, according to the story, which is consistent with a practice from the Middle Ages believed to kill the undead for good.

A vampire that can't find its head can hardly wreak havoc on a village, the thinking goes. The Telegraph reports that decapitation or hanging was often the sentence for poor souls accused of vampirism. The title didn't require a coffin bed, sharp teeth or a ghostly white face, only missteps such as following pagan traditions.

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Archaeologists have found other supposed "vampires" in recent years, including two skeletons in Bulgaria dating back 700 years that had iron rods in their chests, which may have been stabbed through their hearts after death to prevent them from rising.

Another controversial find last year involved a skull in Venice with a brick in its mouth. The archaeologists reported the brick was yet another tactic to prevent vampires from chewing through shrouds and living again, according to Live Science.

Others said a brick probably fell into the grave and called the vampire idea "nonsense."

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