ARCHAEOLOGISTS hunting for the remains of Cervantes have discovered a casket marked with the author’s initials.

The casket, which contains human bones, was found inside a crypt underneath a cloistered convent in Madrid.

Bones from at least nine other bodies were also found in the space containing the coffin, according to experts.

Cervantes was buried at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in the city’s historic Literary Quarter, but the exact location of his grave is still a mystery.

A team of more than 20 forensic experts have begun extracting bones and remains from the graves, in the latest stage in the 10-month search.