Was ist zu tun, wenn die Toten nicht tot bleiben? Griechische Siedler in der Stadt Kamarina in Sizilien kannten bereits dieses Problem wie Archäologen in den 80er Jahren anhand zweier gefunden Gräber herausfanden. Wie man bei Ausgrabungen feststellen konnten, wurden die Leichen in den Gräbern mit schweren Tonscherben beschwert – damit die Toten nicht aus ihren Gräbern steigenden konnten, wie Live Science über die Ergebnisse der Archäologin Carrie Sulosky Weaver berichtet:

For her book, Sulosky Weaver „needed to understand why these individuals would be buried in a different manner,“ she told Live Science in an email, during a dig in Turkey.

One grave held the skeletal remains of an adult of unknown sex whose teeth had lines of arrested growth — a sign of serious malnutrition or illness, Sulosky Weaver said. The head and feet of the person were covered with „large amphora fragments… a large, two-handled ceramic vessel that was typically used for storing liquids,“ she wrote in the article.

The heavy amphora fragments „were presumably intended to pin the individual to the grave and prevent it from seeing or rising,“ she added.

Another grave contains the skeleton of a child, likely age 8 to 13. The skeleton didn’t have any signs of disease, but five large stones were placed on top of it, possibly to stop a revenant from leaving the grave, Sulosky Weaver said.

Archäologen finden altgriechisches Grab der Untoten