Letk≧2 andA a subset ofRk of positive upper density. LetV be the set of vertices of a (non-degenerate) (k−1)-dimensional simplex. It is shown that there existsl=l(A, V) such thatA contains an isometric image ofl′. V wheneverl′>l. The casek=2 yields a new proof of a result of Katznelson and Weiss . Using related ideas, a proof is given of Roth’s theorem on the existence of arithmetic progressions of length 3 in sets of positive density.