5,000 year old footprint found


Staff Writer

More great news is to be heard in the world of discovery about our past. It all begins when a pair of fisherman waded into the frigid waters of the southern Baltic sea about 5,000 years ago, they maybe did not realize that the seabed they were walking on was shifting and recording their every movement.

This is the long-lost evidence of the prehistoric fishing trip, two sets of human footprints and some Stone Age fishing gear was also recently discovered in a dried up Fjord on the island of Lolland in Denmark. 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.

Terje Stafseth an archaeologist from the Museum Lolland-Falster said,

“This is really quite extraordinary, finding footprints from humans,”

“Normally, what we find is their rubbish in the form of tools and pottery, but here, we suddenly have a completely different type of trace from the past, footprints left by a human being.”

For more than a year Stafseth and his colleagues have been racing against the clock to collect artifacts and other historical objects from Denmark’s past before they are gone forever. In the next year or so construction is said to begin on the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link, an underwater tunnel that will connect Lolland with the German island of Fehmarn.

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