The tomb of the ‘vampire woman who caused terror during the 17th century in Europe

Archaeologists working at a site near the town of Pień, in Poland. recently unearthed a relic of the so-called 18th century vampires in Eastern Europe.

In a small cemetery, they found the body of a woman who had been buried with a sickle attached to her neck and a lock on the toe of her left foot.

As reported Heritage Dailyalleged reports on vampires reached its peak in Europe in the 18th century, along with exhumations and stables.

The vampire woman who haunted Europe



Vampire. Photo: Nicolaus Copernicus University

This found tomb dates to sometime in the 17th century, before the fear of vampires reached its peak. However, experts are clear that whoever buried the unidentified woman did everything possible to make sure she didn’t come back from the dead

The teacher of the Nicolaus Copernicus UniversityDariusz Poliński, explained that, depending on the position of the body and the sickle, the intention was to behead the woman if she tried to rise from the grave to terrorize the living.

“The sickle was not placed in a horizontal position, but on the neck in such a way that if the deceased had tried to get up, it is most likely that her head would have been cut off or she would have been injured,” Poliński told the British media, Daily Mail.

Records of the myths of the undead in Eastern Europe date back to the 11th century.but in some regions, the myths were so believed that they caused hysteria among the people. This led to many accusations of vampirism. against those who died untimely, especially by suicide.

This hysteria became so important that, at the end of the 17th century, all over Poland began Strange Burial Practices in Response to a Vampire “Outbreak”and many bodies were mutilated posthumously.

Remains of the supposed "Vampire woman".  Photo: Nicolaus Copernicus University


Remains of the supposed “Vampire Woman”. Photo: Nicolaus Copernicus University

Other ways to protect against the return of the dead are to cut off their heads or legsplacing the deceased face down so that they bite the ground, burning them and crushing them with a stone,” explains Poliński.

Curiously, the female vampire discovered by the team from the Nicolaus Copernicus University he also wore a silk hat on his head, a luxury item in the 17th century. This indicates that he probably had a high social status in his community.

This supports more recent theories that lThe people labeled as “vampires” during this period were not outsiders or newcomers to cities who aroused suspicion and the distrust of the locals. Rather, they were the locals themselves.

A similar discovery in the northwestern region of Poland several years ago also offers more insight into how and why the residents performed these strange burials.

Photo: Nicolaus Copernicus University


Photo: Nicolaus Copernicus University

The other vampire women and men

According to Smithsonian magazine, in 2014, researchers discovered another six skeletons, each with a sickle placed on its body, in a tomb in northwestern Poland.

After conducting a biogeochemical analysis of the bones, they made a surprising discovery: the six “vampires” had all been from the area and not, as previously believed, strangers whom the townspeople would have mistrusted.

“These individuals were not suspected of becoming vampires because of their identity as non-locals, but rather were mistrusted in an additional social context as members of the local community,” the researchers reported at the time.

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The tomb of the ‘vampire woman who caused terror during the 17th century in Europe