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The Source:

Lesley A. Gregoricka, Tracy K. Betsinger, Amy B. Scott & Marek Polcyn:
"Apotropaic Practices and the Undead: A Biogeochemical Assessment of Deviant Burials in Post-Medieval Poland"
on: "PLOS ONE", 26 November 2014

Dariusz Blaszczyk:
"Vampires from Drawsko"
on: SLAVIA - Foundation for Polish History and Culture, no date

anon:
"Le mystère des vampires de Drawsko enfin élucidé ?"
on: "Science Viral", 30 November 2014

The Case:

In an old cemetery, thought to date back to the 17th-18th Century, outside the village of Drawsko, various archaeological excavations have taken place. All in all close to 300 graves were opened and examined. Six of them contained so-called "deviant burials". There was one adult male, there were three adult females, a teenage female and a child of unknown gender. Five of the skeletons had sickles placed over their necks, meant to decapitate them in case they would try to rise from the grave. Some of them had stones placed on their neck, under the chin.

The Date:

The cemetery is said to date back to the 17th-18th Century. So let us just file this as before 1800.

The Place:

Dramburg (German) or Drawsko (polish) can be found in the West of Poland, about halfway between Berlin and Bydgoszcz.

Possible Follow-Up:

The Drawsko findings have been very well covered by the media, so it won't be hard to find an incredible amount of articles. Now the trick is to seperate the coverage that is just based on one and the same press-release from the ones that are original and add new information. Apart from the press coverage, there are some nice scientific reports out there. Go get them.

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