Has William Shakespeare's skull been stolen?
A radar scan of William Shakespeare's grave appears to show that the great bard's skull has been removed from the body, supporting a unconfirmed claim dating back to 1879 which reported that the skull had been stolen by trophy hunters.
The radar scan was undertaken by archaeologists as part of a Channel Four documentary during which they found "a mysterious and significant repair to the head end of William Shakespeare’s grave" which they believe has caused the floor to sink. The Holy Trinity's Rev Patrick Taylor is not convinced however and maintains that Shakespeare's skull lies beneath the floor of the church in the family grave.
Scholars and archaeologists have managed to resist the temptation to disturb Shakespeare's grave for years, most likely due to the tomb's spooky inscription which reads: Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.'
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