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Vampire Panic: A Polish Cemetery For Vampires

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Oct 23, 2013 | 7:00am EDT

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If disinterment is your hobby, steer clear of Eastern Europe. You could easily dig up the dismembered.

Long before we understood human physiology, unexplained deaths were believed to be a product of vampirism. A vampire panic spread throughout Europe and the United Sates. And since decapitation is the best way to keep a vamp from bouncing back, beheading the dead was not uncommon. A ton of extra work, but probably worth it.

So consider the poor road crew that stumbled across 17 skeletons with their skulls between their knees while excavating a roadbed in southern Poland. They were so freaked out they called in archaeologist Lukasz Obtulowicz from the monument protection office in Katowice, who confirmed it was indeed a vamp burial ground.

All in a day's work if you make your living in Parks and Recreation. If you dig roads for a living, not so much. 

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