Spain gave its most-celebrated writer, Miguel de Cervantes, a formal burial last week nearly 400 years after his death, unveiling a funeral monument holding recently unearthed bone fragments that some believe are those of the author of ”Don Quixote.” Outgoing Madrid Mayor, Ana Botella placed a laurel wreath at the foot of the monument in a Madrid convent in a ceremony that included military honours, since Cervantes also had been a soldier for Spain.
The bones were dug up this year by experts after a months-long search at the convent, where Cervantes was known to have been buried in 1616. Construction work over the centuries had made it difficult to figure out where his bones lay. In January, archaeologists said they found fragments of a casket bearing the initials M.C. and bones. They concluded it was the author, even without definitive proof.