Forensic scientists believe they have found the tomb of Spain’s most famous writer, Miguel de Cervantes almost 400 years after his death.
The scientists believe they have found the bones of Cervantes, his wife and other individuals recorded as being buried with him in Madrid’s Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians. Cervantes was buried in 1616 but his coffin was later lost when the remains were moved to a new building in the 17th Century when the convent was rebuilt.
The task now facing the scientists is to sort, separate and identify the badly damaged bones.
The team of researchers, thirty in total, used infrared cameras, 3D scanners and ground-penetrating radar to locate the burial site, which was eventually found in a forgotten crypt beneath the building.