York researcher records million-year-old footprints

Posted on 17 February 2014

Dr Sarah Duffy applies multi-image photogrammetry to Happisburgh finds

17-02-2014 Happisburgh

Human footprints believed to be at least 800,000 years old, and possibly close to a million years old, have been discovered on a beech in Norfolk. These are the footprints of Britain's earliest humans, and are the oldest footprints outside Africa. This exciting discovery is a part of the Natural History Museum exhibit Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story that recently opened: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHFFMyBb1O8.

The Happisburgh footprint project is featured in the latest edition of British Archaeology and is discussed in more detail in a recently released Plos One article. Dr Sarah Duffy of the Department of Archaeology recorded the surface containing footprints using multi-image photogrammetry. 

Sarah said: 'The team made an incredible discovery and it was a privilege to record the prints in situ before they disappeared. I hope that the models generated from the afternoon of rescue recording will allow others to experience the footprints and provide researchers with an opportunity to further investigate Britain's early past.'