Vampires of Poland, the mystery of the tombs
Visitors from other worlds or other dimensions? Vampires? Demons? There is a place in Europe where the darkest legends that accompany us since the Middle Ages had a macabre historical confirmation and is not Transylvania, but Poland in Kamien Pomorski. It is in this small town that in the spring of 2014 a team of archaeologists led by Professor Slawomir Gorka discovered in a tomb of the sixteenth century a skeleton with a brick in his mouth, a sure sign, according to experts, that the dead man buried here was considered be a vampire (and therefore they wanted to prevent him to come back to bite).
To be true the burial of a “vampire” was actually not so unusual between the thirteenth and the seventeenth century. Also in Poland in 2013 in Gliwice had already been discovered other tombs whose skeletal occupants had the skull between their legs, Symbol of a ritual execution used to prevent the "bloodsucker" could come back to life finding their heads and rise again to terrorize the living.
Even more surprising the discoveries made, since 2008, in a third Polish cemetery of XVI century, that of Drawsko, where five tombs were discovered containing skeletons clinging to a sickle at their throats, further prevention against the awakening of the “undead” (because the sickle would neatly cut the neck of the vampire if he/she had tried to resurrect). Yet some researchers dispute these interpretations, especially in the case of the tombs of Drawsko.
The skeletons of two adult women, of about thirty years, of a man between 35 and 44 years old, a girl between 14 and 19 years and a woman in her fifties were found with the sickle (but the last one had the sickle wrapped around the basin and not at the base of her neck). According to Marek Polcyn (Lakehead University) and Elzbieta Gajda (Muzeum Ziemi Czarnkowskiej), in this case the sickles may have been installed to protect the dead and not the living, that is, to help them to defend themselves from attack by mysterious demons that could upset their eternal sleep.
But how was it possible that it is a widespread belief of vampires or demons waiting for the pass the souls of those who has just died to possess them? They were only consequences of the many epidemics of plague and cholera, or of the many wars that broke out, ravaging Europe throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, persisting until at least the seventeenth century? Or someone has actually seen creatures from another dimension or another world kidnap and do strange experiments on humans and animals? Archaeologists are not able at the moment to offer an answer.