Cervantes’ lost tomb discovered in Spain

Forensic scientists in Spain believe they have uncovered the remains of Miguel de Cervantes, renowned Spanish writer and author of “Don Quixote,” widely considered to be the first modern novel.

Cervantes was buried in a Madrid convent in 1616, but his remains were later moved during renovations to the building — becoming lost for hundreds of years in the process, in what must have been a hilarious moving day mishap. Sometimes you forget where you packed your waffle maker and sometimes you misplace the earthly remains of your nations most cherished scribe. That’s why moving is the worst.


In order to find the legendary author’s missing bones researchers had to to to great lengths, employing the sort of gizmos you don’t expect to see outside of  Nicolas Cages’ inestimable National Treasure franchise.

BBC News reports: “The team of 30 researchers used infrared cameras, 3D scanners and ground-penetrating radar to pinpoint the burial site, in a forgotten crypt beneath the building.”

Now that they’re done Indiana Jonesing the scientists just have to quixotically sift through this bone salad, which is made up of fragments likely belonging to Cervantes’ wife and others.

[BBC | Image:  Sociedad Aranzadi]