Tales of the customs followed to prevent the occurrence of vampires have been told for centuries. Evidence of these rituals and customs have been discovered in cemeteries across the world. The latest find is in Poland, which is nearly a year after a much larger find of buried vampires in another region of Poland. The latest find features a skeleton with a rock in place of its teeth and a stake hammered through a leg bone to keep the corpse from rising. The earlier find featured four vampires, all of whom had been decapitated - a sure fire way to prevent corpse re-animation.
Over 100 of these types of burials have been discovered in eastern Europe. Another well known one was in Bulgaria. The corpse, believed to be 700 years old, had an iron stake through the chest cavity of the skeleton. The use of iron stakes or rods dates back to the 14th century. The last recorded burial of this type is believed to have taken place in 1913.
Did such actions prevent vampire attacks? Apparently since the lore has lived on, I would guess the rituals either did not work and or many vampires were not discovered. There have been no reports of sparkly dust in any of the burial locations. Edward must live on.