Four-Centuries-After-his-Death-Cervantess-Remains-are-to-be-ExhumedA search began yesterday for the remains of Spain’s greatest writer, Miguel de Cervantes. He died at aged 69 in poverty in Madrid four centuries ago, his body riddled with bullets from wounds sustained in the 1571 Battle of Lepanto between Spain and Ottoman Turkish forces. While no records exist giving the precise location of his burial, he is thought to have been laid to rest in the grounds of Madrid’s Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians.

A team of experts will attempt to find his remains using radar technology to identify altered ground in hopes of finding the great author’s exact resting place.