Shakespeare: clues from the rubbish tip

Archaeologists believe they have identified Shakespeare's cesspit on the property of New Place, his home in Stratford-upon-Avon. They now hope to find clues to the playwright's life among the rubbish from a dig.

New Place was purchased by Shakespeare in 1597, but the building was torn down in the 18th century. Along with the rubbish tip, experts think they have located the site's knot garden. They hope the cesspit will help reconstruct the layout of the property, as well as give clues to the life of the site's owner.