Archeologists in Denmark said they discovered two amazing sets of human footprints that are 5,000 years old.
This is the first discovery of its kind in Denmark and the footprints may reveal the way life was for people on the coast during the Stone Age. Archeologists at the Museum Lolland-Falster unearthed the footprints in an excavation on Lolland, a Danish island.
Archeologist at the museum and one of the people who helped excavate the prints, Terje Stafseth said the finding of human footprints is quite extraordinary.
“Normally, what we find is their rubbish in the form of tools and pottery, but here, we suddenly have a completely different type of traces from the past, footprints left by a human being.”
The scientists believe the footprints belong to two fishermen, one set of prints being bigger than the other. They believe this because the footprints were found near a fishing fence dating at about the same time.
The museum’s project manager, Lars Ewald Jensen said what seems to have happened is that the two were moving at some point out to the fish fence, perhaps in order to recover it before a storm. He said that at one of the posts, footprints can be found on each side of the post, where someone had been trying to remove it from the bottom of the sea.
What has been found shows that at least two people tried to salvage what they could from the traps used for fishing.
“Studies have shown that Stone Age people repeatedly repaired and actually moved parts of the trap to make sure that it always worked and was optimally positioned in relation to the coast and the current. We can follow the footsteps and sense the importance of the trap, which was essential for the coastal populations’ survival,”
Terje Stafseth said.
Archeologists wish more clues about the fisherman from the Stone Age will be revealed during the ongoing excavation and hope to even find more footprints. The excavation will continue for another year or so, until a new underwater tunnel will begin in construction, linking Lolland to Fehmarn, a German island.