The remains of Cervantes should be found

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The precise spot where the founder of the modern novel is buried is unknown because during time, after he died in 1616, the building fell into ruin. Starting Monday, this is now a project coordinated by the historian Fernando de Prado and it is important from multiple perspectives, as he says: “Cervantes represents Spain. For us not to know where he’s buried – how can that be? If we don’t appreciate what we have, then we have a very serious cultural problem.” The city of Madrid agreed to provide €12,000 to financially sustain this research. The negotiation for the scientific team’s entry into the convent is ongoing and even this is a difficult task because the youngest of the nuns is 82 years old. “Imagine asking your grandmother to let in workers who are going to lift the entire bathroom floor,” Prado said to the media. Prado and his team will sweep every inch of the convent with ground-penetrating radar equipment. If something will be found, the bones will be sent for analysis. They have some clues from the author’s life. One of them is that Cervantes took at least one bullet to the chest area. Fernando de Prado was concerned for years to clarify the location of  the grave of Cervantes. This time he could be successful.

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