Wed. 16th February: Roman child’s footprints preserved for 2,000 years

Wow. A road widening project in North Yorkshire uncovered the footprints of a hopping or skipping child last year. Unfortunately, as the road was already being diverted around a Roman fort, the footprints themselves could not be preserved. Read about it, and see a photo of the touching prints here. It reminded me of the more powerful, and more ancient (6,000 years old) set of footprints that I saw in Managua, Nicaragua, about 12 years ago. Those include up to 15 sets of adult and child footprints, and are an incredible thing to see. Read a short article about them here.

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  1. leslieianjones
    Posted 16 February 2011 at 15:28 | Permalink

    I saw the footprints and my first thought was…What did they become? Were they an ordinary slave or child of some importance. Brings history alive!!

  2. benkane
    Posted 16 February 2011 at 15:54 | Permalink

    It does bring it alive, doesn’t it? I can still vividly remember those footprints in Managua. Some were adults, and some children, and some were obviously carrying things because their footprints went deeper than others. It was like a photo into the past. I sincerely hope that they took casts of the prints, and that they display them in a museum somewhere, sometime.

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