happisburgh footprints


Discovered in May 2013 in a newly uncovered sediment layer on a beach in Happisburgh, the Happisburgh Footprints are the oldest hominin footprints discovered outside Africa, dating back to the Early Pleistocene – over 800,000 years ago.

The footprints are believed to be from a time when the British Isles was still connected to the rest of mainland Europe, allowing migrants to the land to travel on foot. Approximately 50 footprints were found in the area, belonging to an estimated five individuals.

Happisburgh forms part of the area known as Norfolk’s Deep History Coast, due to a number of pre-prehistoric discoveries that have been made in the area (including previous Culture365 item Sea Henge).

Walk in the footsteps of humanity’s ancestors at Norfolk’s Deep History Coast.

Plan a modern day excursion to the region at Visit Norfolk.

Photo: British Museum