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  1. Elakwa
    Elakwa at |

    There are a couple of probably older sets in the SW including footprints in canals on the Zuni reservation ca. 3200bp excavated by ZCRE (though the report wasn’t widely circulated) and also there are the Cuatrocienegas prints as old as 10.5 kya in far northern Mexico.

  2. Doug Gann
    Doug Gann at |

    You can read more about Archaeology Southwest’s digital documentation efforts at http://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/2016/01/21/an-adobe-pompeii/.

    Oldest-bla bla, interesting, but not that relevant. The significance of the find is the scale of the exposure, and of the frozen moment in time. When you walk upon the surface and see the tracks of people going about their lives, and see the modifications they made to their landscape to enable agriculture… It’s a lump in your throat moment.

  3. T Purcell
    T Purcell at |

    so great to hear of the excitement from the excavator as well!

  4. Al Hubbard
    Al Hubbard at |

    This is cool, but I was more fascinated by the dinosaur tracks in the rocks at Clayton or Clayton Lake, New Mexico, that were discovered when a dam spillway was being excavated. Like a snapshot of the past.

  5. Dwane Hilderbrand
    Dwane Hilderbrand at |

    I would like to get additional information about this site. How can I be invited to the site to photograph the footprints. I am a Forensic Scientist that studies footwear and bare feet and I find this to be amazing find. I was part of the Strickland Stone find. Can someone help me.

  6. Marly
    Marly at |

    Any horse or burro?

    1. DaveW
      DaveW at |

      No horses or burros had been brought back to North America, and wouldn’t be for over 1,000 years when Spanish explorers reintroduced them.

      It is amazing what archaic peoples accomplished without the wheel, microscopes, bests of burden (except the llama and alpaca of South America, to take wild plants and to genetically change them from a wild grass or tuber into maize, spuds and gourds. That they erected great buildings, cities, population centers, and use city planning techniques well before Europeans did is a marvel. For whatever reason, they seemed to become far more intelligent as they migrated down the western side of the continents… accomplishing things we, today, either can not do, or can only do with great difficulty using the most modern technologies.

      There is a great amount of history which has been lost. High level societies which have come and gone, accomplishing great feats, and leaving no clues as to how they accomplished them. And the only way we will ever know for sure the full story is to actually go back in time and study them. Archeology can only go so far before it breaks down into theory. In a thousand years, imagine what future archeologists might think of us if our great civilizations disappeared leaving no documentation. Picture what an archeologist might say after searching through a landfill.


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