While conducting research, a team of scientists has shockingly discovered that the skull of William Shakespeare is missing from his grave. The researchers wanted to make a documentary about the poet, but when they gained access to his grave, they could not believe what they found. Or rather, what they didn’t.
In order to conduct their research, the researchers made use of a radar for collecting information found at considerable depths, but also for identifying such pieces through materials. However, after being granted permission from the Holy Trinity Church from Stratford-upon-Avon in England, they discovered that all the information they had on the burial site of Shakespeare was not accurate at all.
It has been previously believed that the greatest writer in Britain was buried in a coffin along with Ann Hathaway, his wife. However, upon finishing their analysis, the researchers found that the two were wrapped in a shroud. There were no coffins, the bodies simply resting in shallow graves.
According to the lead author of the study, Kevin Colls, when he passed the first time with the radar, he detected an anomaly, exactly where the head of the poet should have been. Upon a closer inspection, it was confirmed that the skull is missing and that the area around showed disturbance signs.
Furthermore, some markings on a side of the burial place state that the grave was once pilfered, and the robbers ran away with Shakespeare’s skull. This information has led to the development of several theories, and the most accurate one points towards a physician who lived about one hundred years later than the playwright. Others believed the skull was placed in the crypt of a church close to Stratford-upon-Avon, but investigators determined it actually belonged to a woman who died in her seventies, as opposed to Shakespeare, who passed away at the age of 58.
The robbery appears to have taken place because in those times in history people believed they could deduce the genius from his skull. However, witchcraft is not out of the question, since there were many believers in the area.
The skull was never found, even though people have been aware of the robbery as soon as it took place in the seventieth century. After such a long time it comes even harder to find leads that could point to the place where the skull is if it still exists.
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