EPPING, N.H. (AP) – The partial remains of at least five people are among the damaged bones a construction crew found last week, a forensic anthropologist said.

Marcella Sorg with the University of Maine at Orono is examining the bones and has concluded they probably came from four adults and a child.

Officials have estimated the bones could be hundreds of years old, possibly dating back to the town’s colonial period.

Sorg’s analysis isn’t complete. The adults were at least in their 20s and more examination could reveal their ethnic backgrounds, she said.

The bones were discovered at the site of a proposed housing development. The developer has said it would set aside land for a cemetery.

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