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Medieval peasants were as terrified of ye olde zombies as much as the biggest Walking Dead geek, a new study reports.

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Archeologists analyzed 137 bone fragments from excavation sites in England dating back over 700 years to draw their conclusions.

“The patterning in knife-marks appears more consistent with decapitation and dismemberment, as documented as means of dealing with cases of reanimated corpses,” the study said, conducted by Historic England and the University of Southampton.


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And the archeologists who authored the report say citizens were terrified of the living dead. Villagers in Yorkshire routinely burned and dismembered the skeletons of the recently departed.

The time frame for the licking the living dead is the 11th to 13th centuries, they said of the burial site they exhumed.

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