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Moscow Construction Workers Find Human Skeleton

This is not the first time construction work has unearthed human remains in the capital.

Construction workers in central Moscow have uncovered beneath the tarmac more than 60 bone fragments belonging to a human skeleton, the Moscow branch of the Investigative Committee said Wednesday in an online statement.

The workers were conducting excavation works at a construction site on Zvonarsky Pereulok on Tuesday afternoon when they uncovered the fragments, the statement said.

The bones, which appeared to be quite old, were found at a depth of 3 meters, the TASS news agency reported Wednesday, citing Investigative Committee spokeswoman Yulia Ivanova.

A forensic examination is being carried out on the disturbing find and investigators are looking into the incident, the Investigative Committee said in its statement.

This is not the first time construction work has unearthed human remains in the capital.

Last month, workers found two bags containing parts of a male corpse covered in concrete while doing renovation work, the Moskva news agency reported at the time, citing an unidentified source in law enforcement.

The address of the location where the man's body was found coincides with the location of a medical institute that studies the effect of chemical, physical and biological factors on humans, Moskva reported.

Residents of the area around the central Petrovsky Bulvar last September also woke up to find half a human skull and two large bones lying in the middle of the road. The bones had been dug up by an excavator during construction work, newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported at the time.

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