By Euro Weekly News Media • 16 June 2015 • 11:35
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SPAIN honoured its most famous writer, Miguel de Cervantes, with a formal burial and funeral monument on Thursday, nearly 400 years after his death.Officials had been searching for the author’s remains for the past year at the convent Barefoot Trinitarians, where he was known to be buried in 1616.While the exact location of Cervantes’ remains was in doubt due to construction work over the centuries, experts believed them to be among the remains of 15 bodies found in the convent’s crypt.Although they can’t definitively prove their claim, they do have some compelling clues. Cervantes, while serving as a solider, was wounded in the battle of Lepanto, where he was shot with a musket in the chest and hand. Also, when he died at age 69, he had only six teeth remaining. In January, archaeologists found casket fragments engraved with the initials MC and containing bones with similar injuries.The ceremony, complete with military honours, was held at the Madrid convent where the monument was erected. The plaque on the monument reads: “Time is brief, anxieties grow, hopes diminish and, with this, I carry out my life with my desire to live.”
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