Shakespeare’s Head Has Probably Been Stolen


Born to a glover in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, William Shakespeare went on to become one of the greatest authors in the English language. Penning poems, sonnets, and plays, his work is commonly commemorated for their reflections on the human condition and expedition of universal styles. So influential has he been, that his works have even formed the English language, contributing to it over 1,700 brand-new words. However there is a slightly more ominous side to the life or death of Shakespeare. It seems that someone has actually taken his skull.

In 1879, there was a newspaper report that burial place robbers had dug up the head of Shakespeare from his shallow grave in 1794 and made off with his skull as a prize, however for a very long time this story has been widely dismissed and considered as a misconception. It now seems that there may have been more reality in the story than anyone had actually offered it credit for, as after the very first archaeological examination of the Bard’sgrave which is discovered in Holy Trinity church in Stratford theyve discovered evidence that suggests he may actually be missing his noggin.

The unmarked grave of William Shakespeare in the Holy Trinity church, Stratford. David Merret/Flickr CC BY 2.0

The researchers did not wish to disrupt the tomb, which is unmarked except for an upsetting engraving which reads: Good friend for Jesus sake forbear,/ To dig the dust enclosed here./ Blessed be the male that spares these stones,/ And cursed be he that moves my bones. To get around this, they used ground permeating radar (GPR) to peer underneath the stones and get a much better concept of how he was buried. The tomb is shallow at just 0.9 meters (3 feet) deep, permitting the researchers to see that he wasnt interred in a casket, instead simply covered in a simple shroud. But they likewise shed light on the burial place robbers myth.

We have Shakespeare’s burial with an odd disturbance at the head end and we have a story that suggests that eventually in history someone’s can be found in and taken the skull of Shakespeare, states Kevin Colls, one of the archaeologists from Stafford University who performed the evaluation. It’s really, really encouraging to me that his skull isn’t really at Holy Trinity at all. Persuading, yes, but not conclusive. Colls admits that this can not One Hundred Percent validate the misconception, however that its sufficient to sway him.

The research was performed as part of a TV program (broadcast in the U.K. at 8pm GMT, March 26, on Channel 4) in celebration of the 400thanniversary of the Bards death. Despite being considered among the greatest authors of perpetuity, with his works having been equated into over 80 languages even Klingon there are still numerous features of Shakespeare and his life that have actually remained shrouded in mystery, from where he was educated to his lost years. This research might a minimum of layone misconception to rest.

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