Human footprints found during the construction of a Turkish dam in 1960 are 5,000 years old according to recent reserach.
The footprints were found in the Kula Volcanic Geopark, listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark, in Kula in the western Turkish province of Manisa.
A team of experts from Hacettepe University, Istanbul Technical University, Manisa Celal Bayar University, Heidelberg University in Germany, and Curtin University in Australia examined the ancient footprints.
Using two different dating methods, scientists determined that the footprints are between 4,700 and 5,000 years old.
Researcher Yigit Karakuzu said: “Footprints were found during the construction of Demirkopru Dam in 1960. At that time, nearly 100 footprints were found.
“Over time, the footprints were removed and displayed in various museums. There are still footprints in their original places. However, their location is kept secret and hidden. We do not want people to come here and damage our geological heritage.”
One footprint has been confirmed as belonging to a man with size 9 feet around 5,000 years ago. The other prints were made by women and children.
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