Anyone seen Shakespeare’s skull? Experts reckon it was stolen

Archaeologists suspect his head was taken


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Scientists studying what they think is William Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon suspect Shakespeare’s skull might have been stolen.

The bard is believed to laid to rest in his home town in 1616, however, experts suspect his skull was stolen by trophy hunters in 1794, as per a rumour.

The unmarked grave was investigated for a Channel 4 programme by archaeologists and geophysicists who scanned it using ground-penetrating radar.

Kevin Colls, an archaeologist from Staffordshire University, said: “We have Shakespeare’s burial with an odd disturbance at the head end and we have a story that suggests that at some point in history someone’s come in and taken the skull of Shakespeare.

“It’s very, very convincing to me that his skull isn’t at Holy Trinity at all.”

Patrick Taylor, of Holy Trinity in Stratford, said: “We now know much more about how Shakespeare was buried and the structure that lies underneath his ledger (grave) stone.

“We are not convinced, however, that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that his skull has been taken.

“We shall have to live with the mystery of not knowing fully what lies beneath the stone.”

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