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Re: Shakespeare's Grave
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0703  Saturday, 24 March 2001

[1]     From:   Vick Bennison <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 10:08:27 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0694 Re: Shakespeare's Tomb

[2]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 14:26:55 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0631 Sonogram/Ultrasound of Shakespeare's Tomb?


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From:           Vick Bennison <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 10:08:27 EST
Subject: 12.0694 Re: Shakespeare's Tomb
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0694 Re: Shakespeare's Tomb

No doubt they are hoping to find manuscripts of the plays.

- Vick

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From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 14:26:55 -0000
Subject: 12.0631 Sonogram/Ultrasound of Shakespeare's Tomb?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0631 Sonogram/Ultrasound of Shakespeare's Tomb?

>A few years ago I
> watched a program on life of Shakespeare on a PBS station, and in this
> program it was discussed that a sonogram/ultrasound of Shakespeare's
> tomb in Stratford was planned.

I don't know about any scanning of the grave, but there was certainly an
attempt to scan (X-ray?) the monument in order to test Charlton Ogburn's
presumption that Shakespeare's manuscripts might be inside.  This
apparently showed that there was no hollow or niche in the monument,
which was solid, and so no manuscripts.  Before remote scanning was
used, Ogburn was piqued by the refusal of the Stratford authorities to
allow him to dismantle the monument to test his theory, and went as far
as suggesting that a vandalistic attack on the monument (probably
actually inspired by the claims made by Ogburn and his co-religionists,
who believed something was in the monument) was a set-up job to justify
refusing Ogburn permission to dismantle the monument officially.

Thomas Larque.

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