Madrid researchers search for bones of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote

Researchers are about to undertake a Quixotic quest - to find the lost bones of Miguel de Cervantes. They are believed to be somewhere in a convent in Madrid.

They hope to use the skeleton to reconstuct what he looked like. There are no known living portraits of Cervantes. They also hope to find out how he died, and to prove or dispell critics of his time who say he likely drank himself to death in 1616.

His bones were lost in 1673 when construction was done in the convent where they were buried, but they were probably returned at a later date. Researchers plan to use radar to scan the walls and floor of the convent.

Researchers think that his skeleton will be identifiable by wounds he suffered in the battel of Lepanto in 1571.