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Tuesday, July 14, 1998 Published at 22:14 GMT 23:14 UK


World: Europe

Police investigate five thousand year-old bones


Archaeologists on an island off the north coast of Scotland have enrolled a police officer to help them investigate the discovery of a Stone Age tomb.

Constable David Thurley is using his training in forensic science to preserve ancient human remains lying inside a burial chamber on Orkney.

The underground tomb is a rare find, because it's thought to have remained undisturbed for more than five thousand years.

Archaeologists at Glasgow University hope to extract DNA from the bones - the material which determines genetic characteristics.

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