Bronze Age cremation urns often contain more than one individual, but analysis indicates that in this case, the bones probably belonged to a single individual.
Once the urn had been lifted, it was taken to a local hospital to be x-rayed (still upside down). The x-rays showed that it was filled with bone, as well as a few other as yet unidentifiable objects. The urn was then taken to a conservation lab, and turned the ‘right way up’, ready to have the clay bung removed and its contents investigated.Based on the fusion of the bones, the development of the teeth, and a few surviving pieces of jaw and pelvis, the individual is thought to be a young, adult male who may have been in good health. The bones have since been radiocarbon dated to 1,600BC, and samples have been sent for further analysis in an attempt to determine the geographic origin of the individual.