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The mortal remains of the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, of whose location there was no certainty after the successive transfers experienced since his death in 1592,seem to have been found in the basement of a Bordeaux museum, according to a team of archaeologists who examine them.
His work seeks «reconstruct a story that had been diluted" Y certify that these bones belong to the author of the «Essays», explained this Laurent Vedrine, the director of the Museum of Aquitaine where the tomb was.
The essayist, one of the great humanists in history, died in his castle of Saint Michel de Montaigne, near Bordeaux, and a year later his coffin was installed in the Convent of the Feuillants in that city, where the current Museum of Aquitaine is located.
In 1802, the convent was replaced by an institute and his body transferred to the chapel, but when it caught fire it was temporarily transferred to the local cemetery. Although from 1886 he returned to that institution, converted into a Faculty of Letters and later a museum, since then his grave, practically forgotten and hidden, had not been opened or verified.
A year ago, a first observation with a camera allowed to detect in it a plate with the name of the philosopher and bones, and this week the experts proceeded to open it, covered with overalls to avoid contaminating the remains.
Inside it was also found a cylindrical box with a paper with the supposed burial certificate of the writer. «Some kind of time capsule«As if those responsible, according to Vedrine, wanted to make it clear for the future who was inside.
Although logically it would have to be De MontaigneDNA analysis and other checks will be carried out over the next year to make this clear, added the museum director, happy that there are still descendants who can contribute to the process.
The philosopher,mayor of Bordeaux from 1581 to 1585, suffered kidney stones and leg fractures as a result of a fall from a horse,some clues that can also give clues to experts as to whether the remains belong to the humanist.
Via: Aquitaine Museum