800-year-old footprint unearthed in Canada
Xinhua News Agency [China], 2008-07-23
A footprint of 800 years old has been unearthed at one of Canada's top
archaeological sites in the western Manitoba Province, scientists
announced Tuesday. The footprint was discovered when archaeologists dug
at the site located in the central area of provincial capital Winnipeg.
The area has a rich history that includes aboriginal camping, the fur
trade, the construction of the railway, waves of immigration and the
Industrial Age. The place has been determined as the future site of the
Canadian Museum for Human Rights and archaeologists have been scraping
away at the site for the basement of the building. Thousands of
artifacts have been uncovered, including pottery and arrowheads, chief
archaeologist Sid Kroeker said. The footprint, found about two meters
below the surface, was probably left in the mud around 1200 A.D.. Pieces
of pottery and fish remains were found underneath it, he said.