He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that it depends on a number of factors including:
- How the body has been buried
- What condition it was in when it entered the ground
- How expensive the coffin was
- Whether modern embalming techniques were used
He said: "I think it is certainly possible that they could find residual traces of radioactive material," but added it was doubtful they would find solid evidence of poisoning if only bones remain.
More top news
A family has issued an appeal to help find their missing pet turkey - in case he gets gobbled up as someone's Christmas dinner.
The winner of X-Factor Ben Haenow has revealed how keen he is to have the Christmas number one.
The Ministry of Defence has announced that the first British reservists have set off for Sierra Leone to help tackle the Ebola outbreak.