The size of the Happisburgh footprints compared to a camera lens cap. Photograph: Martin Bates
A family group potters through a muddy estuary
gathering algae and shellfish
& links up to us 800,000 years later
when a fast-eroding stretch of beach reveals their steps.
And we wonder: Whose tracks are these!!
Just like Claire and I ask each other
when we find and follow prints in the snow.
While archaeologists rush to preserve the footsteps of those who came before,
I take pictures to follow one who’s come after.
One of the footprints, which dates back around 800,000 years [BRITISH MUSEUM]