A mass grave containing over 400 suspected vampires has been uncovered during roadworks in Poland.
The grim discovery in the village of Luzino in the northeast of the country found that some of the 450 skeletons had been beheaded and their skulls placed between their legs and a coin placed in their mouths.
The practice which was common in the region during the 19th century was believed to remove the ‘vampire curse’.
Archaeologist Maciej Stromski said: ‘We discovered examples of belief in the dead returning from the grave, which could only be stopped by decapitation.
‘It was believed that if a member of the deceased’s family died shortly after the funeral, then he or she could be a vampire.