In January 2017 a discovery was made in Northamptonshire from the Romano-Britain period. The corpse was buried face down and his tongue had been cut out and replaced with a flat stone. These are all indicators that this individuals was considered odd or a threat to the community.
In a 5th century, Italian cemetery a 10-year-old child is buried in a manner indicating that there was fear he would, like a vampire, rise from his grave and claim the living as his victim.
In ancient Rome, crucifixion was a painful way to execute criminals and slaves, and to remind the populace the consequences of breaking Roman laws. Recently direct archaeological evidence has been found through skeletal remains that confirm this type of execution.
German archaeologists have found an ancient burial site where an adult man was buried standing upright and several bodies of children were also interred there.
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