Bones found in hunt for Don Quixote author

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2015-02-10 16:04 Updated : 2015-02-10 16:04
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The mystery over where one of the world's most important literary figures was buried could be solved as experts discovered a casket bearing his initials.

For nearly four years, archaeologists have been trying to locate the grave of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes in time for the 400th anniversary of his death next year.

This weekend, they found some bones in a wooden casket in a crypt beneath the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid.

The archaeologists believe the remains could be those of the writer who died in the city in 1616.

A plank of wood forming part of the coffin was found to bear the initials "M.C." in metal tacks and a team of some 30 archaeologists, forensic technicians and historians will now analyse the bones.

By Ruchi Singh