Bones found may belong to Cervantes

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Cordon Press
Experts examine the remains of coffins at a table inside the crypt of Madrid's Trinitarian convent.

INVESTIGATORS searching for Miguel de Cervantes at Trinitarias church in Madrid think they have found his bones and those of his wife Catalina de Salazar.

The remains, which are reported to be broken and in a very bad condition, were found along with bones belonging to various other adults inside a niche in a different crypt to that which the initials MC were discovered on, yet laboratory analysis points to them belonging to the Quijote author and his wife.

Although the writer was originally buried elsewhere in 1616, his bones are believed to have been moved some time after 1673 when renovation works started at the church in the Las Letras district of the Spanish capital city which has been listed as a heritage site.

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Madrid council has so far refused to announce the find, stating that there are no guarantees at this time that the remains discovered really belong to Cervantes.

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