WWW.SHROUDEATER.COM - The Vampire of Rostock-Gehlsdorf - GERMANY

Vampires Germany

Back to Main Menu



Ackenhausen
Ahrensburg
Alfeld
Auras
Brotterode
Clausnitz
Diesdorf
Dittersbach
Eberdingen-Hochdorf
Erzgebirge
Gelnhausen
Göda
Gottorf
Grimma
Halle (Saale)
Harsefeld (1)
Harsefeld (2)
Heidelberg
Heiligenrode
Helsa
Hermsdorf
Holscha
Jüterbog
Katschow
Kerkow
Kiekebusch
Lausitz
Matzen
Merseburg
Mockersdorf
Nienstade
Oldendorf
Oschatz
Pinnow
Prenzlau
Rostock-Gehlsdorf
Sangerhausen
Schmalkalden
Skadow
Urloffen
Wendland
Weyler
Wissmar
Wittenberg
Zechau



Back to Main Menu


The Source:

Annett Stülzebach:
"Vampir- und Wiedergängererscheinungen aus volkskundlicher und archäologischer Sicht"
from: "Concilium medii aevi" 1 (1998)

The Case:

Another interesting archaeological find on an old Slavic burial ground: the skeleton of a man, probably in his thirties. The rests of 8 metal nails were found on the left side of the corpse. Their position in relation to the skeleton suggested that some of them might have been driven through parts of the corpse, in an attempt to nail it down. In which case, they could be interpreted as being part of some measures to prevent the return of the dead man.

The Date:

No date is given. But the fact that the skeleton was found in an old Slavic cemetery could be of help in finding an approximate date.

The Place:

Gehlsdorf is close to, quite possibly part of the harbour town of Rostock, which can be found in NorthEast Germany.

Personal Comments:

Although finds like these may seem less interesting than the cases that come with a story of the events that have taken place, I think they are very important. They do bring us concrete evidence of the fact that people have indeed been taking measures against the supposed undead. Of course we have to keep in mind that - without further evidence - any explanation we come up with is an interpretation of the facts, and not a definite conclusion.

Possible Follow-Up:

Stülzebach gives as her source: H. Wüstemann "Slawische Bestattungen vom Fährberg in Rostock-Gehlsdorf", which appears to have been published in the "Jahrbuch der Bodendenkmalpflege in Mecklenburg", 1981. Let's see what else we can find there.

© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011

 - Back to Top -