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Miguel de Cervantes' Remains Found? 'Don Quixote' Author Died in 1616

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Portrait of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra painted by Juan de Jáuregui. (wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 03:11 PM

Miguel de Cervantes' remains have been found in Spain, according to researchers convinced they've located the bones of the "Don Quixote" author who died nearly 400 years ago.

Cervantes died in 1616, and researchers believe they have found bones of the author and his wife in Madrid's Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, the BBC reported.

"The remains are in a bad state of conservation and do not allow us to do an individual identification of Miguel de Cervantes. But we are sure what the historical sources say is the burial of Miguel de Cervantes and the other people buried with him is what we have found," forensic scientist Almudena Garcia Rubio said, according to the BBC.

Considered the first modern novel, “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha” was published in two parts in 1605 and 1615.

Scientists will attempt to test bone fragments for DNA, but they don’t have any known descendants with which to compare the samples, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“We are convinced that among these fragments, we have something of Cervantes. However, I can’t say that with absolutely certainty,” lead researcher Francisco Etxeberria said, according to the newspaper.

Cervantes had requested to be buried in the convent, but the location of his tomb was lost during a subsequent construction project.

Nicknamed the “Prince of Letters,” Cervantes is believed to have died at age 68 with only six teeth remaining and injuries sustained in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 that caused the loss of movement in his left hand, Bloomberg reported.

Mayor Ana Botella said Madrid is considering establishing a memorial site at the convent.

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