What to do, if the dead do not stay dead? Greek settlers in the city Kamarina in Sicily already knew this problem as archaeologists found in the 80's based on two graves discovered. How could notice during excavations, the bodies were complaining in the graves with heavy potsherds – so that the dead could not rise from their graves, as Live Science the results of the archeologist Carrie Sulosky Weaver reported:
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.