The search for the lost remains of one of the most famous Spanish writers, Miguel de Cervantes, are about to begin.
The Don Quixote author was buried in Madrid’s Convento de las Trinitarias Descalzas nearly four centuries ago.
But the coffin containing his remains were lost during construction work at the church.
Ground-penetrating radar equipment will be used in the first phase of the search. The equipment, together with information about his physical features, is needed to accurately identify the remains.
Forensic anthropologist Francisco Etxeberria, who is taking part in the search, said it was important to gather as much information about Cervantes’ physical features as possible to be able to accurately identify the remains.
“Cervantes described himself as having a curved nose, and a hunchback, caused by osteoarthritis. But also, he said that he had almost no teeth, just six of them,” explained Etxeberria.
“We have to add to that what everybody knows about Cervantes: his wounded left hand,” he added.
Taking all the available information about Cervantes into account, experts believe his remains will be fairly easy to identify.
The estimated cost of the search operation is 100,000 euros.