20 Apr 2012

Old human bone found under house

9:00 am on 20 April 2012

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.