In the past couple of decades there have been numerous archeological finds pertaining to vampire burial sites, the most recent example was unearthed in Poland in July of 2013. The skeletal remains were found with a brick wedged firmly in the mouth of the suspected vampire, traditional means of execution for the era and region.
The Upior (male) and Upierzcya (female) vampire of Poland were fierce creatures that were known to eat their burial shrouds. This breed of vampire arose after midnight and fed until just before dawn, it’s insatiable lust for blood never to be sated.
The Polish took many measures to prevent their dead from becoming, well, undead. Deceased were buried deeply within the earth face down with a cross made of willow branches across their chest or chin. This was a typical burial, however, when there was suspected cause for the deceased to turn, the body was decapitated and the skull placed between the legs while stakes were driven through the body further enforcing that the corpse remain in its’ grave.
1455 miles South of Poland are the Greek Islands, one in particular is the Island of Lesbos, also known as “Vampire Island” where mass graves of vampires are currently being exhumed. Archeologist Hector Williams has been studying the island for the past 40 years. One of Hector’s most recent discoveries were two skeletons were found still pinned within their coffins by long metal stakes. Hector has also discovered evidence that a small surrounding islet known as Pamphila, which lies just a few kilometers off of the coast, could be a mass burial site for Vampires. His work is cut out for him!
Another 411 miles South of the Island of Lesbos is the Island of Kammeni (or Kaimmeni) in the area of Santorini. Kammeni is known to be a powerful and mystical place of vampire exile. Relatives of the deceased would prep the body, place a small cross comprised of a piece of silver and two pieces of wood into the mouth of the corpse. The hands would then be bound by rope that had been saturated with holy water before placing the body in a boat and transporting their loved one to the island. The belief was that because of the volcano, the soil was rich in sulfur which would inhibit the corpse from rising once more. The families would also have the additional security of knowing that if the deceased were to turn into a vampire, it would not be able to cross the salt water.
Unintentually, the cautious families were in fact preserving their dead. The high levels of sulfur combined with the anti-bacterial properties of the soil work together to delay the decomposition of the corpse while mummifying the remains. It is said that on the island the dead won’t melt thus numerous mass vampire graves are being discovered more and more frequently, allowing for us enthusiasts to have a closer look into centuries old Vampire lore.
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