Searching For Miguel de Cervantes: Scientists Look For Bones Of ‘Don Quixote’ Writer


The body of one of the most celebrated authors in the history of the printed word has been missing for hundreds of years. But now, researchers believe they may be getting closer to finding the remains of “Don Quixote” writer Miguel de Cervantes.

Over the weekend, a team of 20 scientists gathered at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid to examine bones found in the chapel’s crypt, bones that may belong to Cervantes, who was buried in the convent in an unmarked grave 399 years ago.

The team found three unidentified graves inside the chapel and are looking at the bones for signs they may be that of the writer, who was badly injured in a naval battle in 1571.

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Scientists examine bones in the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid.

He received a blast from a harquebus in the chest and another wound that left him unable to use one hand,” historian Fernando de Prado told The Guardian in 2011. “Those two things will have left some imprint on his bones.”

Project leader Almudena Garcia Rubio told The Associated Press that in addition to the three unidentified graves, there were —> Read More Here


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