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A hi-tech investigation of William Shakespeare’s grave has concluded his skull was probably stolen, teh BBC reports.
The discovery gives credence to a news report in 1879, later dismissed as fiction, that trophy hunters took the skull from his shallow grave in 1794.
A team used a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) scan to look through the grave at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford in the first archaeological probe of the site.
It allowed investigators to see below ground without disturbing the grave.
Archaeologist Kevin Colls of Staffordshire University, who carried out the project with leading geophysicist Erica Utsi, concluded: “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.”