Madrid (dpa) – In the search for the remains of Spain’s leading writer Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), scientists revealed on Monday that they had discovered a coffin with the initials MC on it.
The remains of the wooden coffin were found among other pieces of wood from several other coffins on a burial shelf under a convent in the capital Madrid, sources from the scientific team said.
The experts believe the pieces of bone found in the recess are from a series of people.
They believe it is very probable that Cervantes was buried in the coffin with the initials MC on it, El Pais newspaper reported. The pieces of bones would now be tested to see if the writer’s are among them.
Cervantes died in poverty and was buried in the grounds of the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in the writers’ district of Madrid’s old city.
The convent has been extended and rebuilt several times over the years so it is no longer certain where graves are.
Some 30 archaeologists, forensic doctors, historians and technicians are taking part in the search for Cervantes’ remains.