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Pirate’s skull stolen from German museum

A nail-pierced skull belonged to the medieval pirate Klaus Störtebeker has been stolen from a museum in Hamburg, Germany. [Thx @deep470]

“We are all very upset about the theft,” museum director Lisa Kosok said in the press release. “We very much hope that it will either be returned or found.”

The museum said it was offering a reward of several thousand euros for information leading to the recovery of the skull, but didn’t give an exact amount

The skull, impaled on a large rusty nail, was discovered in 1878 during construction for a warehouse district in an area where pirates had earlier been beheaded and their heads displayed on spikes as a warning against other pirates.

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