Five-thousand-year-old footprints found in Denmark

Ancient footprints

Prehistoric footprints (image Museum Lolland-Falster)

Exciting news from Denmark: archaeologists working on the Fehmarn Belt Tunnel scheme, have uncovered evidence for 5,000-year-old human footprints (source Museum Lolland-Falster). The footprints were identified along the edge of an ancient post-and-wattle fish-trap, which was built in an area of coastline that had formerly been occupied by a series of inlets and rivers.

At least two sets of footprints were found and it appears that they were left by people who had been repairing the fish-trap after a storm. Terje Stafseth, an archaeologist working with the Museum Lolland-Falster, believes these may be the first Stone Age footprints identified in Denmark.

In Ireland, post-and-wattle fish-traps of broadly similar date are known from the Liffey estuary in Dublin, but as of yet, no ancient footprints have been discovered.

Prehistoric footprints

Prehistoric footprints (image Museum Lolland-Falster)


Ancient human footprints

Prehistoric footprints and parts of the post and wattle fishtrap (image Museum Lolland-Falster)


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