Archaeologists are increasingly digging up vampires : Mysticism or scientific sensation

(ORDO NEWS) — In Europe and America, scientists find people subjugated by anti-vampire rituals.

Cross of bones on chest

The vampire was 55 years old, his name was John Barber, he lived (and died) in the US state of Connecticut at the end of the 18th century.

And after more than two hundred years, archaeologists found it. With two femurs folded in a cross on the chest. As you understand, even an eightieth level yogi is not capable of folding his legs on his own.

The explanation is simple and chilling at the same time: the neighbors were sure that it was a vampire. But archaeologists did not believe their neighbors and sent the American’s DNA for analysis.

To one private company and at the same time to the laboratory of the US Armed Forces (and this is the most mysterious thing in the history of the vampire. Why is the US army interested in him?).

What the geneticists found out: this is still a man (again, interesting – you might think they have vampire DNA samples for comparison), and he died of tuberculosis. This disease in those days was considered a sign of Dracula’s relatives (although the famous novel by Bram Stoker will be written in a hundred years).

Most likely, the unfortunate John was a victim of the “vampire panic in New England” – an outbreak of tuberculosis and the superstitions associated with it. Like, those who died of consumption come back and kill their relatives.

In general, it seems that the neighbors dug up the poor fellow after his death and, out of harm’s way, laid his bones in a cross on his chest, says Ellen Greytak, director of bioinformatics at the Parabon NanoLabs laboratory. To not stand up and bite someone.

Actually, archaeologists dug up John Barber a long time ago, in 1990. However, only in 2019 it was possible to study its DNA, and the results were just reported – at the Human Identification Symposium in Washington in early November 2022.

Girl with a sickle

And here is a fresh find made in the fall of 2022 in Poland. A young girl, seventeen or twenty years old. She lived in the 17th century in Poland in the village of Pien on the banks of the Vistula.

Archaeologists from the Nicolaus Copernicus University felt like they were in a horror movie when they unearthed her grave in the village cemetery. On the neck is a sharp sickle. There is a heavy lock on the big toe of the left foot.

“Anti-vampire ritual” – was diagnosed by Professor Dariusz Polinsky, who led the excavations. If people thought they were burying a vampire, they put a sickle around his neck: the dead man will try to get up, then he will cut off his head. And they hung a lock on their feet so that they would not try to get up.

In 2014, five such graves with sickles were found in Poland, all burials date back to the 17th-18th centuries. But so that the sickle and the castle at once – this is the first time.

What is even more strange: the girl was clearly from a rich and respected family, she was buried with honors, in silks, with gold and silver jewelry.

Ritual murder? Not likely, says Professor Polinsky. And it doesn’t look like an unmasked witch. They were buried differently. But for some reason, the locals feared that the young lady would rise from the dead.

There is a version that the girl suffered because of her unusual appearance. The front teeth were already very protruding, Professor Polinsky shared a juicy detail. It’s about to bite.

Stake and stones

And that’s not it. In recent years, archaeologists have dug up several more “vampires”. A five-year-old boy in Italian Umbria in the 5th century was buried in an abandoned antique villa with a huge stone in his teeth.

In the 16th century, more than a thousand years later, according to the same ritual, a woman was buried in Venice.

In Bulgaria, near Sozopol, dozens of medieval graves were found, which can hardly be called vampires otherwise. Why else pierce bodies with wooden and iron stakes? And knock out teeth?

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