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Body believed to be Cervantes found in Madrid church

by Hannah Tooley

A body recovered in a church in Madrid is thought to be that of the famous Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes.

There is no DNA evidence, however the excavation team have relied on historical facts and documentary research to reach their conclusion.

His final resting place has long been a mystery and it is thought that he died a week after William Shakespeare in 1616.

A forensic team have been searching a tomb since January, which led them to a crypt in Madrid's Covent of the Barefoot Trinitarians.

Speaking to The Independent, chief forensic anthropologist, Francisco Etxebarrie said: "It is possible to consider that amid the fragments of the reduction discovered in the ground of the crypt of the current church of the Trinitarians are some fragments belonging to Miguel de Cervantes. "

Miguel de Cervantes was famous for writing Don Quixote amongst other poems, plays and books.

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