Researchers say that a radar scan of William Shakespeare’s tomb very strongly suggests that his skull is missing from it. Per the article:

A radar scan of William Shakespeare’s tomb has discovered signs of tampering with his final resting place that lend credence to a story about his skull being stolen in the 18th century, researchers say. “We have Shakespeare’s burial with an odd disturbance at the head end,” said Kevin Colls, who is heading up the research on the grave site at the Holy Trinity Church ….“It’s very, very convincing to me that his skull isn’t at Holy Trinity at all,” he said….According to a story published in 1879, trophy hunters removed the skull in the late 18th century. The robbers would have defied the inscription on a stone slab above the grave reading: “Bleste be the man that spares these stones, And curst be he that moves my bones.”…. Shakespeare is buried alongside his wife, Anne Hathaway….The scan — the first ever carried out — revealed significant repairs to the head-end of the grave. Local vicar Patrick Taylor said he was unconvinced by the theory that the skull had been taken away but ruled out opening the grave. “We intend to continue to respect the sanctity of his grave, in accordance with Shakespeare’s wishes, and not allow it to be disturbed,” he said. “We shall live with the mystery of not knowing fully what lies beneath the stone.”

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