Skip to comments.Dig to Start at Shakespeare Site
Posted on 11/27/2009 12:00:10 PM PST by nickcarraway
Archaeologists are preparing to excavate the site of Shakespeare's final home to find out more about the history of the building.
The New Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon, was built in 1483 and is thought to be where the playwright died in 1616.
The building itself was demolished in 1759, but it is thought remains of the old house are still underground.
Archaeologists will start initial tests on the site on Tuesday and a full dig could be carried out next year.
The experts from Birmingham Archaeology will be searching for the foundations of the New Place and will be looking through the original wells and possibly rubbish pits.
When the New Place was originally built in the 15th Century, it was made of innovative materials such as brick.
It was made to be one of the most distinguished buildings around and was thought to be the second-largest house in the town.
It was demolished by the then owner the Reverend Gastrell, and the site was excavated in the 1860s.
At the site of the New Place today is a landscaped garden which is looked after by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Visitors can still see the later cellar walls of the 17th Century mansion but little remains above ground of the house Shakespeare would have lived in.
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Has it now been established that Shakespeare was actually a living person?
Has it ever not been established? There are a remarkably large number of records for someone of that time? Are you part of the The Shakespeare Seminar?
From memory, so may not be quite right, but I believe his grave marker was inscribed with this verse by him:
Good friend for Jesus’ sake forbear
to dig the dust enclosed here
Blest be he who spares these stones
and cursed by he who moves these bones...
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Oh— took the Final home reference to mean they were going to dig up his grave... (never mind)...
They’ll dig and find a plaque with a list of names on it. Two of the names on it will be Dr. Faust from Germany and Robert Johnson from Mississippi. You can guess the rest.