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Welsh footprints date back 7,000 years

Ancient footprints found in Wales have been dated back 7,000 years.

Discovered in 2014, the pre-historic footprints of both children and adults at Port Eynon on the Gower peninsula were initially thought to date to the Bronze Age but analysis carried out at Cardiff University has revealed they are actually 3,000 years older than that.

Archaeology PhD student Rhiannon Philp carried out radiocarbon dating on the fragile footprints, which now places them in the Mesolithic period, a time when humans were predominantly hunting and gathering.

Ms Philp, a student in the university’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion, said: “These ‘frozen’ footprints made in freshwater marshland give us a fleeting glance of a group of adults and children travelling together seven millennia ago.

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Story: Johanna Carr, Press Association | Photo: Cardiff University/PA Wire

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