In the Drawsko cemetery in Poland, archaeologists have discovered five skeletons with sickles placed at the throat or hips. This burial practice may have been meant to protect the dead from demons, or to keep the dead from reanimating and tormenting the living.
Excavations have been ongoing at the Drawsko cemetery since 2008. Some graves date back to the Bronze Age, but the sickle burials date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. This particular skeleton belonged to a man who was 35 to 44 when he died. (Photo Credit: Polcyn et al. Antiquity 2015, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.129) continue reading⇒
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This teenage girl was buried in a Polish cemetery with a sickle over her neck, possibly to ward off demons. She was also buried with a copper headband and a copper coin, archaeologists found.
Credit: Polcyn et al. Antiquity 2015, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.129 _LiveScience⇒