Scientists from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (South Africa), inspired by the success of the exhumation of the skeleton of Richard III, called to exhume the remains of William Shakespeare in order to make the analysis of DNA and learn more about his way of life, according to The Daily Telegraph .
One of the experts, the director of the Institute of Human Evolution in Johannesburg Francis Thackeray, said that the bones of the playwright can tell new facts about his life, about what he ate and drank. Also, DNA analysis will confirm or refute the rumor that Shakespeare smoked marijuana.
However, the researchers, as previously, stopping the epitaph carved on the tomb of a classic: “Oh, dear friend, in the name of God, you are dust beneath this stone do not touch, do not disturb the sleep of my bones, damn whoever touches them “(” Good frend for Jesus sake forebeare / To digg the dust encloased heare / Bleste be the man that spares thes stones / And curst be he that moves my bones “).
Thackeray drew attention to the fact that in the epitaph of the Great Bard no mention of the teeth, so you can take a sample of tooth enamel or hard tissue, which can be used for DNA analysis.
It should be noted that Thackeray and his team have a few years achieve of the Anglican Church permission to exhume the remains of Shakespeare. Even in 2011, the scientist said that he found traces of cannabis and signs of a cocaine at various pipes, found in the old garden at the house of Shakespeare.
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