ARCHAEOLOGY, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, recently published a short article about “vampire burials” uncovered in a cemetery in Poland.
Six bodies were found buried with stones under their chins or sickles across their bodies. According to local legend, that was how you kept the corpses from returning to consume the living. Legend also also promoted the belief that the first person to die during an outbreak of infectious disease (in this case, likely cholera) were likely to become vampires, so these six, among 285 skeletons found at the cemetery, were likely the first to die.
Read the story here.