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Footprints Website by Will Higgs: Archaeological Section


Equus caballus

Archaeological footprints of Horse

Two horse (or pony, mule, etc.) footprints side by side, indicating that the animal had probably halted. At the corner of the brick, the clay has failed to support its weight, but, remarkably, the left foot has left a deep imprint, possibly because it was partly supported by a nearby brick. Perhaps this horse had come to take away the dried bricks ? It is also of interest that the brickmakers have gone ahead and fired this damaged brick.

The design of the shoe can be immediately seen to be pre-modern, very wide with prominent nail-heads. It has been dated to the 14th to 16th centuries, thereby dating the brick assemblage.

Age of substrate14 - 16th century AD
IdentificationLarge single toes with shoes.
Held byHumberside Archaeology Partnership