FOSSIL footprints left by early humans have been found at a mountain located near an ancient site in Ingapu Township, Ayeyawady Region, locals say.
The one-foot long, 6-inch wide fossil footprint and 8-inch long, 2-inch wide footprint as well as a 3-inch long, 7-inch wide handprint were discovered on a laterite stone wall at Taungnyo Mountain near Kyauktalone Village, situated 4 miles west of the ancient city of Pyu.
Archaeologist U Win Maung (Tampawady) said the first step is to examine the natural stone of the mountain where the ancient symbols have been found.
Sayadaw U Pyinnya Thiri, who maintains the ancient city of Pyu, said he has collected several kinds of fossils, including stone weapons and axes discovered in Kyauktalon and Gyopinsu villages near the mountain by locals.
Daw Thida Win, assistant director of Archaeology Department (Pathein Branch), said the department received photographs of the ancient fossil footprints, handprints and stone weapons sent by the locals, with plans to forward the items to the headquarter of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs.—Myitmakha News Agency