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Burial site of 'Don Quixote' author confirmed

Published 5:51 PM ET, Tue March 17, 2015
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Archaeologists and anthropologists in Madrid study remains that were dug up in January. Researchers say they're certain bones found beneath a centuries-old convent in the Spanish capital are those of "Don Quixote" author Miguel de Cervantes. Aranzadi Science Society/AP
The initials "M.C." are seen on a plank of a coffin that was found in a crypt beneath the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians. Aranzadi Science Society/AP
The research team takes notes after starting the excavation work. Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP
A look at the excavation site. "The remains are in a bad state of conservation and do not allow us to do an individual identification of Miguel de Cervantes," the BBC quoted forensic scientist Almudena Garcia Rubio as saying. "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." Madrid City Hall
Madrid Mayor Ana Botella speaks about the discovery. Madrid City Hall
Cervantes died in 1616, a year after he published the second part of his most famous novel, "Don Quixote." Madrid City Hall