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Posted on 07/12/2013 7:14:42 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
'Vampire' Graves Uncovered in Poland
Archaeologists in Poland believe they've made a startling discovery: a group of vampire graves.
The graves were discovered during the construction of a roadway near the Polish town of Gliwice, where archaeologists are more accustomed to finding the remains of World War II soldiers, according to The Telegraph.
But instead of soldiers, the graves contained skeletons whose heads had been severed and placed on their legs. This indicated to the archaeologists that the bodies had been subject to a ritualized execution designed to ensure the dead stayed dead, The Telegraph reports.
By keeping the head separated from the body, according to ancient superstition, the "undead" wouldn't be able to rise from the grave to terrorize the living. Decapitation was one way of achieving that; another way was hanging the person by a rope attached to the neck until, over time, the decaying body simply separated from the head.
There were other, equally bizarre ways of dealing with vampire burials, according to research published by forensic anthropologist Matteo Borrini. He cites the case of a woman who died during a 16th-century plague in Venice, Italy. The woman was apparently buried with a brick wedged tightly in her open mouth, a popular medieval method of keeping suspected vampires from returning to feed on the blood of the living. The woman's grave might be the earliest known vampire burial ever found.
Hers was a typical case of an accusation of vampirism following some calamity, such as a plague or a devastating crop failure. Accusing an individual of being a vampire was a not-uncommon way of finding a scapegoat for an otherwise unexplained disaster.
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A 747 recently crashed in a cemetery in Poland.
Polish officials have so far retrieved 4000 bodies.
(Ba da bum!)
In related news, several of the Archeological team involved are believed to have quit without notice and left the area, after they are thought to have become ill with some disease leaving them profoundly anemic and photosensitive. It is believed they are going to Krakow to seek medical treatment.
A Dutch-Finnish expert on the disease is believed to be en route to the dig.
No different than the Greenie Weenie Socialists blaming hurricanes and earthquakes on American productivity and a higher standard of living.