The sturdy skull of Simon of Sudbury

During the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, Simon Theobald, once Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury, was beheaded outside the Tower of London. Now his mummified skull is being given the scientific treatment.

Enscounced in a wall of St Gregory's Church in Sudbury, the skull was declared "very sturdy" by Professor Caroline Wilkinson from Dundee University who is overseeing the project which includes at CT scan. Researchers hope to produce a facial reconstruction from the study.