Mystery of Caravaggio's death may be solved

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Italian archaeologists believe they have found the remains of the artist Caravaggio, 400 years after his death as they hope to finally solve the mystery of how he died.

After a year-long investigation, researchers are 85 per cent sure that bones found in a church crypt in Tuscany are those of the artist.

Scientists from four Italian universities sifted through around 200 sets of human remains they found in the ossuary of the crypt near Porto Ercole, on the Tuscan coast.

They then used carbon dating to identify bones belonging to men in their thirties – Caravaggio died at the age of 39 in 1610.

They extracted DNA and compared it with DNA taken from living descendants of the artist, many of whom still live in his hometown of Caravaggio in northern Italy....

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