EXPERTS are analysing a piece of human skull found in a mound of soil at the rear of a Crewe pub.
The piece of bone, about the size of a compact disc, was discovered in a pile of dirt between the car park of the Rising Sun pub on Middlewich Road and an adjoining garden centre.
It was examined by a pathologist who confirmed it was part of a human skull, and by a forensic anthropologist who believed it was from a male body.
The age of the find now hinges on tests at the Oxford Archeological Unit.
Crewe police chiefs would not confirm who found it and are not ruling out any possibilities.
Detective Inspector Alan Allman said: 'We will only know exactly what sort of inquiry this is when we know the age of the bone.
'It may be a few years old, but it could just as easily have been laying around for hundreds of years.
'In 1985 a lot of renovation work was done to the Rising Sun pub, with soil and products brought in from other areas.
'It's possible the skull may have arrived here by these means. But at this stage we don't know.'
The carbon dating tests could take about three weeks to complete, but on
Friday a police team dug up the area around the spot where the piece of skull was found.
Detective Inspector Allman added: 'The dig turned up the items you would usually expect to find in soil including one small fragment of bone.
'It was found several feet away from the piece of skull and may be animal bone.
'We don't think it will prove significant but we have sent it away for further examination.'