University of South Alabama professor studies vampire bones


The University of South Alabama is full of interesting walks of life. But Dr. Lesley Gregoricka is nothing short of a good story.

A nondescript building on the university of south Alabama's campus tells stories of the dead.

Dr. Lesley Gregoricka, an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama, explained, "One of the things that I do with ancient human skeleton remains is use the bones to learn about people in the past, so the behaviors we engage in, the foods we eat, the activities that we perform every day, how we adapt to our environments is all written in our bones."

Recently Dr. Gregoricka assembled an all-women team to travel the world.

Antonia Carter, an anthropology major at USA, said, "I took her forensic anthropology class my freshman year, and I was like definitely bones. Like I really want to learn about bones. She's given me all this experience that I get to take to graduate school with me. It's just amazing. "

But one trip led Dr. Gregoricka to study vampire bones.

"It's kind of what it sounds like. These individuals had sickles, so a curved blade that was placed around their neck, and the idea was that they were suspected to be vampires," said Dr. Gregorika.

This anthrpologist says the natives of the land were vicious and sometimes used large stones to place in the vampires mouths, "and if they rose from the dead to attack the living, their head would be removed by the sharp blade of the sickle."

But like the living, these vampires have stories too.

"I was brought to Poland to test the teeth and bones of these individuals because we thought that one of the reasons these individuals were targeted was because they were outsiders, so maybe they were migrants or came from other places."

Dr. Gregoricka says the vampires are actually natives to the area, and she continues to study them to figure out what makes them different from the others.