THE team in charge of searching for Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes tomb has found a coffin engraved with his initials.
The search is taking place at the Iglesia de las Trinitarias in Madrid, were it is believed he was buried.
Inside the church’s vault, a wooden coffin in a very bad condition has been found and expert forensics will analyse the bones within, with the aim of learning if they belonged to the writer, who died in 1616.
The experts started investigating last Saturday (January 24) and carried out searches in the 36 niches of the vault as well as those buried below the church’s floor.
The coffin’s discovery was made on Sunday afternoon, a surprise that has sparked high expectations amongst the members of the team.
Inside the niche, experts found the wooden board with initials MC, but also other boards thought to be parts of different coffins, leading the team to believe that there are remains of several people inside the tomb.
More than 30 team members, including archaeologists, forensics, technicians and historians, are currently working on this national project. They are hoping to find the writer’s remains before the fourth-centenary anniversary of his death in 2016.