The myths around vampires (blood-sucking humans) resurrected after the archaeologists made a spine-chilling discovery in Pien, Poland. In a shocking and fearsome discovery, archeologists found skeletal remains of a female 'vampire' on Friday from a 17th-century Polish graveyard with a sickle across her neck to prevent her from rising from the dead. Till now, vampires have only been seen in movies and web series and are regarded as fictional characters introduced by filmmakers to make out-of-the-box content. For many years, people and scientists have been curious to know whether vampire are real or not. However, at the end of the Vampires are termed as fictional characters.

Now, Poland Vampire discovery has turned the theory upside down. As per Daily Mail, Professor Dariusz Poliński from Nicholas Copernicus University headed the archaeological dig that led to the discovery of the remains of 'Female Vampire', which were found wearing a silk cap and with a protruding front tooth. In the viral Poland Vampire photos, a skeleton remains can seen buried inside a graveyard with a sickle around her neck. Notably, the sickle was not laid flat but placed on the neck in such a way that if the deceased had tried to get up, the head would have been cut off or injured.

It is pertinent to mention here that Smithsonian magazine reports that in the 11th Century, people of Eastern Europe were terrorized with the fear of 'blood-sucking' monsters (Vampires) and therefore began treating their dead with anti-vampire rituals. The people of Eastern Europe used to believe that 'some people who died would claw their way out of the grave as blood-sucking monsters that terrorized the living'. Furthermore, ScienceAlert reported that in response to fear of Vampires, such brutal burials became common practices in Poland.

"Other ways to protect against the return of the dead include cutting off the head or legs, placing the deceased face down to bite into the ground, burning them, and smashing them with a stone," Poliński was quoted by New York Post. Apart from this, other anti-vampire burial methods included a metal rod hammered through the skeleton.

The Poland Vampire viral photo also shows the padlocked big toe attached to the skeleton's left foot symbolising 'the closing of a stage and the impossibility of returning'.

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What are vampires?

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In European folklore, Vampires are referred to as undead people who feed and survive on human blood. Several movies and television shows have been based on vampires to great popular appreciation. However, in the 17th and 18th centuries, men and women were persecuted on the slightest suspicion of being a ‘vampire’. It is pertinent to mention here that academics differ in opinions and there is no scholarly consensus on how people came to be classified as “vampires”.

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