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The Source:

Ivo Stefan:
"Frühmittelalterliche Sonderbestattungen in Böhmen und Mähren - Archäologie der Randgruppen?"
in: "Ethnographisch-archäologische Zeitschrift", 2009

Zdenek Smetanka:
"Stopa magického jednáni na pohrebisti za Jizdárnou Prazského hradu - predbezná zpráva – A trace of a magical procedure on the early Mediaeval cemetery behind the Riding school of the Prague castle - A preliminary report"
in: "Sborník Spolecnosti prátel starozitnosti", 1997

The Case:

During Archaeological research in an old cemetery near the Prazsky Hrad or the Castle of Prague, the remains of a 60-year-old woman were found. It seemed that she had been buried in the usual manner. But there were indications that the grave had been reopened to decapitate her. Various objects were found among which a number of human teeth. According to Zdenek Smetanka who analysed this case, these objects indicated that the woman had been a bit of a sorceress and into magic. He suggests that "the postfunerary decapitation could be connected with the fear of her return from the grave."

The Date:

We have been informed that the cemetery dates back to the 2nd half of the 9th and 10th Century. I am not exactly certain of how I should interpret that, so I will simply file this as 10th Century.

The Place:

Prague can be easily found, being the capital city. The Prazsky Hrad overlooking the city can hardly be missed. Further information about the excact location of the cemetery can be found in Ivo Stefan's report, which can be downloaded as a PDF.

Possible Follow-Up:

You could go and find yourself the publications mentioned above. And if you have never been to Prague, maybe it is time to check it out. It is a very interesting city and a pleasure to be there.

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