Vampire's grave found in Poland, rigged to prevent resurrection

A Polish woman was buried with a sickle around her neck and a padlock on her toe. These signs kept her from rising as a vampire.

Archaeologists uncovered the grave of a 17th-century "vampire" in a Polish village, complete with measures to ensure she could never rise from her grave to prey on Eastern Europeans.

Many other grave sites show fear of vampires and other cultural equivalents of the infamous creatures of the night, but this one was deliberately made vampire-proof.

While Count Dracula is from Transylvania, vampires are present in cultures worldwide, including Poland.

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In particular, female vampires are also associated with witches and striga/strzyga. 

At least by the 11th century, Poles feared vampires. There were fears that the dead would rise from their graves as blood-drinking monsters.

This is also evidenced in certain rituals used to prevent vampires from rising from their graves. 

Polish examples exist. Krakow graves contained skeletons with their heads cut off to prevent resurrection, according to Heritage Daily. A body was found with a brick in Kamie Pomorskie.

In Pie, Poland, a woman was buried with a sickle on her throat so that if she rose from the grave, her head would have been severed or injured. Rare, but not unprecedented.

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