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  • Archaeologists dig up Shakespeare's 'cesspit'

    04/06/2010 8:08:59 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 47 replies · 852+ views ^ | April 6, 2010 | Murray Wardrop
    Archaeologists believe they are on the cusp of shedding new light on the life of William Shakespeare – by digging up what may have been the playwright’s cesspit. Experts have begun excavating the ruins of New Place, Shakespeare’s former home in Stratford-upon-Avon, which was demolished 250 years ago. Although little remains of the property, the team, led by Birmingham Archaeology, believes it has identified a rubbish tip or cesspit used by the 16th century poet. Fragments of pottery and broken clay pipe have already been retrieved from a muddy hole on the site, which they claim could yield some of...
  • Dig to Start at Shakespeare Site

    11/27/2009 12:00:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 454+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/27/09
    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...