Ancient footprints found in peat at Borth Beach
Posted 23 March 2012 - 13:34
Unlikely, if you catch the sedimentation description. First you are looking at a series of Low tide photos, this places the sandy beach about 1/2 meter below the Mean Sea Level. Next look for roughly a 10cm coating of sand over roughly 30-40cm of salt marsh, peaty matrix. The a sandy boundry of roughly 10cm, (not unlike the current surface deposit). Below which is the Fresh Water Bog and woodland forest, likely with trails leading from the interior to the coast.
If I were to offer a good guess, it would have been likely for a village or some 10 or so families to have made a seasonal/annual pilgrimage to the coast. As to the MSL, no, clearly the ocean is advancing on the shore. Only the rate of change is changing...
Posted 23 March 2012 - 14:56
Like the idea of the clam-bake, Dave! Quachogs do wash up after big storms. Had a bucket of them in January, some of which we baked in the open fire at my local. With a bit of sweet chilli sauce they were a good munch!
Cheers - John
Posted 23 March 2012 - 18:48
Kind of amazing to think that our 80 times Grandparents likely had a beach celebration/holiday and a "noon-er" similar to us and our families today. (Though the chilly or cocktail sauce was not likely present..., (a slice of horseradish may have been). I guess the biggest difference was the "SUV" we would take through the forest glens...
Though slower, their "SUV" was nearly as durable and capable even with the lower horse ("oxen") power... The main difference was the frequent fueling and a lack of being able to make the waste products "disappear"..., we wouldn't want to tailgate them, if you catch the drift... (It certainly would not have been mud that they were a slinging...)
Posted 08 April 2012 - 13:40
Missed this earlier post. Read your article found only two issues, you suggest it was a squeshy marsh, I for one have not seen a sheep or goat "walk" through muck. The basic natural tendency of these beasts is to seek the high ground. The only case I had seen of prints in muck was a leaping from high ground to high ground with a close hoofed rebound in between, that is not the case here.
To get the print quality seen it would require a surface "break through" such as a hardend hardpan or dried mud break through. This would explain both the general lack of definition of the arch in the soft soled human foot, and the clear child print as they walked along beside an elder. Had there been briar, rocky or naturally forest floor littered surfaces the child more likely would have been shod as the elder. The evidence would seem to suggest a well traveled route with only the ocassional mud puddle... How certain are you of the conditions, the ones you are suggesting seem counter-intutive...
Posted 08 April 2012 - 13:56
Was back there Friday when the team were taking cores from the beds. Interestingly the peat contained layers of charcoal.
Cheers - John
Posted 08 April 2012 - 15:08
Concur wrt cows, though not with sheep and especially not goats. As to saltmarsh lamb, not even evidence in South Carolina or Rode Island, most all sheep require high country to be ward of Ticks and other pests. I could see shorn sheep in muck as a protective coating similar to elephants; however, I've not encountered any such here in the States. Must be a different breed you raise on your coasts...
Posted 08 April 2012 - 15:49
It would be a really interesting project to get an artist to create an impression of this area back at that time, with the stands of woodland and the mudflats of the intertidal channel-margins. I expect it would have some similarities to the modern Estuary and its surroundings, just without any major Manmade structures.
Cheers - John