Scientists discover Spanish novelist Cervantes' tomb in Madrid

Spanish scientists on Tuesday claimed to have found the tomb of Spanish literary giant Miguel de Cervantes and the author of 'Don Quixote' in Madrid, nearly 400 years after his death.

Scientists discover Spanish novelist Cervantes' tomb in Madrid

Madrid: Spanish scientists on Tuesday claimed to have found the tomb of Spanish literary giant Miguel de Cervantes and the author of 'Don Quixote' in Madrid, nearly 400 years after his death.

Researchers believe that the remains discovered under a 17th century convent in Madrid were of Cervantes, his wife and others recorded as buried with him.

Since the remains are in a bad state of conservation, separating and identifying his bones from other fragments will be difficult, say forensic experts.

But, researchers said they would try to extract DNA profiles from the bones found, although they were not sure if this would be possible.

“Everything coincides to lead us to believe that Cervantes is there, Francisco Etxeberria,” a forensic expert told a news conference.

The Trinitarian religious order helped pay for his ransom after he was captured by Moorish pirates and enslaved for five years in Algiers.

Cervantes was born in 1547 near Madrid. He has been nicknamed as the father of modern novel for his book 'The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha'.

He died in 1616, aged 68, the same week as William Shakespeare.

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