The bone fragments belonged to an adult, but it was impossible to determine the sex
Remains found during a dig in Durham have revealed what is believed to be the city's earliest known resident.
Archaeologists from the university unearthed the bone fragments while excavating a city centre site where student accommodation was being built.
Radiocarbon dating has now shown they date to between 90BC and AD60.
Described as "very significant", the bones add to a growing body of evidence there were settlers in the area in the Iron Age and Romano-British periods.
Most of the identifiable bone, found in a site off Claypath, came from a skull, with parts of a radius and tibia also recovered.
Experts were able to establish they belonged to an adult who had been cremated, but could not determine their age or sex.
As well as evidence of the Iron Age cremation, archaeologists found items from medieval rubbish pits and 18th Century street-front buildings.
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