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"Vampir- und Wiedergängererscheinungen aus volkskundlicher und archäologischer Sicht"
from: "Concilium medii aevi" 1 (1998)
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.
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.
Gehlsdorf is close to, quite possibly part of the harbour town of Rostock, which can be found in NorthEast Germany.
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.
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.
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