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Mysticism or scientific sensation: the cemetery of “vampires” was found in Poland near the border with Russia

Date: February 26, 2024 Time: 21:24:00

A girl of about twenty lived in the 17th century in the village of Pien on the Vistula. Archaeologists from the Nicolaus Copernicus University felt like they were in a horror movie when they unearthed her grave in the fall of 2022.

Even in her nightmares, Maciej Stromski could not imagine that she would meet an entire army of vampires in the old cemetery. He is a scientist! University-trained archaeologist. Yes, and a pragmatic businessman: his company is engaged in archaeological experience before building houses and roads.

Actually, at work, Maciej met and met four hundred vampires. He wakes up and broad daylight.

SECRETS OF THE OLD CEMETERY

From the Russian border to the Polish village of Luzino in the Pomeranian Voivodeship – only 170 km. Close at hand to Kaliningrad, Svetlogorsk, the beaches of the Baltic Sea.

In the spring, roadworks began in Luzino on the main street, near the church of San Lorenzo. The workers began to find bones that looked like human bones. Archaeologists were called to turn away from sin, to find out what was what.

For several weeks, Maciej Stromski and his colleagues engaged in emergency excavations. And every day they came to amazement, amazement and even horror. It turned out that the road workers stumbled upon a huge cemetery, which is several centuries old. People were buried near the church, as was customary both in Russia and in Europe. From the Middle Ages to the 19th century. And then they forgot or deliberately left this place.

It turned out that the road workers stumbled upon a huge cemetery, which is several centuries old.

But this is not the most surprising. Archaeologists have found the remains of 460 people. The villagers thought they were vampires. They were scared like the plague. And they did everything so that the dead did not rise from their graves.

MYSTICAL RITUALS OF OUR DAYS

– We found several headless skeletons. The severed heads lie on the legs, for someone at the level of the pelvis, for someone between the feet, Maciej Stromski speaks of chilling finds. – Many bodies are crushed by heavy stones or bricks (about 30% of them). And all the dead have coins in their mouths. All this is done so that the deceased could not get up from the grave.

Funeral rituals, reminiscent of the settings of a mystical thriller like “Twilight,” are known from ethnographers’ descriptions.

– In Kashubia (area of ​​Poland, to which Luzino belongs. – LS), the dead suspected of vampirism were beheaded. This custom was widely practiced in the 19th century and was still alive in the 20th century, until World War II. And the last known case dates back to the 1970s, the archaeologist is surprised.

Dead men suspected of vampirism were beheaded

And it was not in a remote village, but in a cemetery in Gdansk, a large port and university city, the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. The deceased’s head was cut off by his own relatives.

NOT TO DRAG HIM TO THE GRAVE

What was the fault of these wretches that they were not left alone even after death? Did they really turn into wolves at night, howl at the full moon, and drink each other’s blood?

“If another person in the family died shortly after the funeral, it was believed that it was the first dead person who dragged him to the grave”, Maciej Stromski reveals the subtleties of the creepy local beliefs. -To stop him and prevent new deaths, you must open the grave, cut off the head of the deceased and put it so that he cannot grab it.

The coin in the mouth, apparently, “sealed” the soul of the one who knew how to do it. Or it served as payment for the “path” to the afterlife – to get there and never return.

Why did they do this to hundreds of people in Luzino? Was there an invasion of otherworldly forces here? Is there a terrible epidemic? Or a vampire still got up and bit everyone around?

Archaeologists are still digging. The remains will then be reburied. And take the material for further research. For example, DNA analysis for diseases.

TB AND BONED CROSS

The “vampire” cemetery in Poland is unique. Hundreds of skeletons buried according to mystical rituals are being seen by scientists for the first time. But individual burials are already known. In Bulgaria, Slovakia, Greece. And each case became, if not a sensation, then an occasion for discussion.

A five-year-old boy in Italian Umbria in the fifth century was buried with a huge stone between his teeth. In the 16th century, according to the same ritual, a woman was buried in Venice.

Or here is John Barber from the US state of Connecticut. He lived at the end of the 18th century. And after more than two hundred years, archaeologists found his grave and were stunned. His thigh bones are folded crosswise across his chest! As he will understand, even an eighty-level yogi is not capable of weaving legs on his own.

The explanation is the same as that of the Poles: the neighbors were sure that it was a vampire. The scientists sent the DNA for analysis. In a private company and at the same time in the laboratory of the US Armed Forces (and this is also a question: why is the US military suddenly interested in a potential vampire?). The results were reported at the Human Identification Symposium in Washington in November 2022.

Geneticists have confirmed: he’s still a male (again, the question: you’d think they have ghoul DNA samples to compare), and he died of tuberculosis. Consumption for many centuries was considered a sign of Dracula’s relatives. John most likely fell victim to the “New England Vampire Fright”, an outbreak of tuberculosis and the superstitions associated with it. Neighbors dug up the poor man after the funeral and placed the bones in the shape of a cross on his chest, says Ellen Greytak, director of bioinformatics at Parabon NanoLabs.

John was most likely the victim of a “New England vampire scare.”

GIRL WITH A SICKLE

We return to Poland. A young woman of about twenty lived in the 17th century in the village of Pien on the banks of the Vistula. Archaeologists from the Nicolaus Copernicus University felt like they were in a horror movie when they unearthed her grave in the fall of 2022. On her neck is a sharp sickle. There is a heavy lock on the big toe of her left foot.

Anti-vampire ritual: diagnosed by Professor Dariusz Polinsky, who led the excavations. If people thought they were burying a vampire, they would put a sickle around its neck: the dead would try to get up, then cut off its head. And they hung a padlock on their feet so they wouldn’t try to get up.

The girl was from a rich and respected family, she was buried in silks, with gold and silver jewelry. She doesn’t look like an unmasked witch, there were other rituals for them. But for some reason, the neighbors were afraid that the lady would rise from the dead. There is a version that the girl suffered from her unusual appearance. Her front teeth were already sticking out a lot, Professor Polinsky shared a juicy detail. She is about to bite.

CHOLERA OR COMPANIONS

And another Polish town Drawsko. Between 2008 and 2012, six 17th-century “vampire” graves were found here: men, women, and adolescents. All with sickles. On the neck or on the abdomen (in the second case, an attempt to get up will result in hara-kiri).

To get rid of a terrible disease, all means were good. including the supernatural

Anthropologist Leslie Gregorick of the University of South Alabama has a hypothesis: Maybe they are all immigrants. At that time, strangers were perceived as something dangerous, they were accused of all misfortunes; they say they brought disease or sent harm. Leslie and her colleagues approached the problem scientifically: They took samples of preserved tooth enamel from 60 people buried nearby, including six with sickles. And also local animals. With the help of analysis with strontium isotopes, the migrant version was debunked: all the “vampires” are indigenous inhabitants of Drawsko. And those who came to the cemetery were really found, but they were buried in the most usual way.

A new idea: these people died of cholera, which mowed down the population of Europe only in those years. To get rid of a terrible disease, all means were good. Including the supernatural.

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