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New ideas arise from the grave – about vampire beliefs in Poland

'Vampire grave': A skeleton with the head between the legs, discovered in Gliwice, Poland.

This is an update to this story from July of last year. New Clues Point To The Origin Of Poland’s Mysterious ‘Vampires’. Unconventional burial practices to prevent vampires from rising up from the grave were common in post-medieval Poland, but historians aren’t entirely sure why certain people were targeted more than others. A new study…

Dissolving corpses in Norway is big business

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The plastic was not fantastic. Now, Lime Away… Norway Is Overrun With Plastic-Covered Corpses That Refuse to Rot. Norway’s got a major corpse problem that isn’t going away anytime soon. Literally—they won’t rot. What’s the culprit behind this profusion of bodies that refuse to take their place in the circle of life? The same thing…

Unusual Aztec burial found in Mexico City

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Mexican archaeologists discover ‘unprecedented’ Aztec burial. Mexican archaeologists say they have found an unprecedented human burial in which the skeleton of a young woman is surrounded by piles of 1,789 human bones in Mexico City’s Templo Mayor. Researchers found the burial about five metres (15ft) below the surface, next to the remains of what may…

Archaeologists uncover evidence of vampire fear in Bulgaria – skeletons pierced through the chest

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‘Vampire’ skeletons found in Bulgaria near Black Sea Archaeologists in Bulgaria have found two medieval skeletons pierced through the chest with iron rods to supposedly stop them from turning into vampires. The discovery illustrates a pagan practice common in some villages up until a century ago, say historians. People deemed bad had their hearts stabbed…