PORTO ERCOLE, Italy, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A crypt in the Tuscan town of Porto Ercole, Italy, could contain the 400-year-old bones of artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, anthropologists said.
A team from Bologna University and Ravenna University planned to use infrared scanners, CAT scans, DNA analysis and carbon dating to solve the mystery of where Caravaggio, a master of chiaroscuro lighting, was buried, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Friday.
The crypt in Porto Ercole was the mostly likely of eight possible burial sites, said Caravaggio expert Maurizio Marini. Local church records said Caravaggio died in the town in 1610.
On Wednesday, the anthropologists began sorting through 30 to 40 sets of bones in the crypt to separate out those belonging to men around the age of 40 who might have died in the 17th century.
Likely candidates were to be taken to the anthropology department in Ravenna for further tests, including DNA bone sampling to be compared with that of male descendants of Caravaggio's brother, ANSA reported.