Hamilton police are seeking expert advice on the age of a human bone found underneath a house in the city.
The bone was recovered from a dirt bank by two residents in Macdiarmid Rd in the suburb of Beerescourt on Monday.
Police say it was initially thought to be an animal bone but a pathologist has identified it as a human thighbone.
They say it was found in a very dry and brittle state and is estimated to be between 20 and 100 years old.
Police plan to consult a variety of experts, including forensic scientists and historians.
Local iwi blessed the site on Thursday morning.