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A day’s work in an Arizona corn field some 2,500 years ago has been frozen in time, thanks to the footprints of some ancient farmers, their children, and even their dogs, which have been found perfectly preserved at a construction site just north of Tucson.
The prints number in the dozens and depict the movements of several adults and at least one child, as they tended to their neatly arranged crops and the small irrigation ditches that watered them.
Discovered in November by archaeologists investigating a parcel of land near Interstate 10, the prints are likely the oldest human tracks yet found in the American Southwest.
The barefoot tracks are distinct enough that the movements of specific individuals can be followed across the 15-square-meter field that’s been uncovered, Arnit said.
In one case, a set of deep, large prints shows that a heavy adult male trod diagonally across the field, stopped to do some work on an earthen berm, or perhaps to open a weir to let in water, and then took a different path across the field and over the ditch.
Another set of prints seems to have been made by an infant or toddler. And one print has a dog print inside it, likely made by a farmer being followed by his or her canine companion.
The tracks were preserved in such pristine condition because of a sudden flood from a nearby creek, archaeologists said.
The creek overran its banks soon after the prints were made, covering them in its uniquely mica-rich sandy sediment, forming a kind of mineralized cast.
For now, the first order of business is to preserve at least some of the ancient prints, since the site will soon be paved.
“We’re doing everything we can to document the footprints, because they are smack-dab in the middle of the road,
originally posted by: bandersnatch
Not quite as old as the tracks from Texas....but significant in their own right.....
I wonder if any crop remnants exist? At least a kernel of corn or some such......perhaps a leaf print or what have you......
Are they putting up a fast food joint on top of it?
originally posted by: Raggedyman
I have seen a giant footprint in Africa that looks more legitimate than that but it's not real so I am told
I call fake footprints, bit like ufos, made to look real but it isn't
Probably photoshop or carved or recent