A trip to Formby

formby footprints

On Saturday 21st June I attended a day trip, run by the Manchester Museum’s Young Archaeology club.  We planned to journey down to Formby, a National Trust site renowned for its beaches, wildlife (especially red squirrels) and the Neolithic footprints which can be found in the mud on its beach.

Living up to its reputation as a place for thriving wildlife, upon our arrival, we were greeted by two red squirrels. Following this charming welcome, we progressed to the beach where our guide, a Professor of Archaeology at Manchester University pointed out to us some of the Neolithic footprints on the shore.  The group spent the morning marveling at the 7,000 year old footprints of humans, deer and even wolves.  It was fascinating to see these imprints which were able to preserve an impression of the flesh of the organism, a feature so often lost to time and decay.  I at least found it a rather bizarre experience to be able to see the footprints of these antiquated creatures side by side with our own, giving these distant figures a far more immediate feel.

Having spent the morning on the beach we then proceeded to the Museum of Liverpool where we were given a short insight into the history of the surrounding area.

I found the day extremely enjoyable and shall look back on it with fond memories.


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