Police have launched an investigation after human bones were found at an address in Purley, Croydon.
Officers were called to the address in Riddlesdown Road as builders were carrying out work on the driveway.
The workmen found bones buried underneath the driveway.
Several bone parts – including what appeared to be a human skull and a femur – were seized and taken for analysis.
Experts have since confirmed, by looking at photos, that the bones are human, and they have now been taken for examination by anthropologists to establish their age.
Police are investigating the circumstances of how the bones ended up in the driveway. The cause of death is unexplained. No arrests have been made.
Detective Sergeant Kenny Windsor, from Croydon CID, who is leading the investigation said: “At this early stage in the investigation it would appear that the bones have been there for many years.
“Any requirement for an investigation will be determined by the age of the bones and we’re seeking the assistance of anthropologists to try and establish this, but we may also have to use carbon dating techniques to confirm their age. We are carrying out other enquiries in the meantime.
“It is an unusual discovery, but we’re keeping an open mind about whether the bones were originally buried there or indeed moved there for some reason.
“We’re also aware that there is an ancient Saxon burial site in the vicinity but at this stage, the direction of our investigation hinges on establishing age of the bones.