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Friday, November 14, 2014

'Extraordinary' 5,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Discovered

Using the size of the prints as a guide, experts from Lolland-Falster Museum believe the poor weather threatened the barriers, and the fishermen would have waded into the water to try to protect them. As each print was made, sand was pushed into the seabed and became preserved over time  


When a pair of fishermen waded into the frigid waters of the southern Baltic Sea about 5,000 years ago, they probably didn't realize that the shifting seabed beneath their feet was recording their every move. But it was.

The long-lost evidence of that prehistoric fishing trip — two sets of human footprints and some Stone Age fishing gear — was recently discovered in a dried up fjord, or inlet, on the island of Lolland in Denmark

Archaeologists made the discovery during excavations of the Femern Belt Tunnel (marked) on the Danish island of Lolland. Excavations of the tunnel are continuing and Lolland-Falster Museum said it is hoping the prints will shed further light on the past following further tests   

There, archaeologists uncovered the prints alongside a so-called fishing fence, a tool that dates back to around 3,000 B.C.

Archaeologists have found fishing fences before, but the footprints are the first of their kind discovered in Denmark, according to Terje Stafseth, an archaeologist with the Museum Lolland-Falster, who helped excavate the ancient prints. 




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