OTTAWA, July 22 (Xinhua) -- 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.
"They stepped down and their foot pressed into the
clay, left a footprint and either the ground dried out and hardened, or it
froze. The next flood episode that came through put down a slightly different
type of sediment, so that the two soils didn't meld together and obliterate it,"