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Footprint Found in Backyard


I have talked to you before concerning a "skull", but I need your input on this apparent "footprint" found in a stone. I will send a few pics for your review. Is it possible to tell the age of this apparent footprint from these pics?

Michael Cremo responds:

First thing you need to find out is the kind of rock. Footprints are preserved in sedimentary rock or layers of volcanic ash. If the rock is not in that category, the impression is most probably not a footprint. If it is sedimentary rock, and it is a footprint (and not just some natural mark that resembles a footprint), then a local geologist could tell you the age of the rock,and that would give you the age of the footprint.

Anomalous skull

Good evening. I came across this statue of a head and have no idea of what it is and was wondering if you could recommend someone that could help me in determining what it is. Here are some pictures of it. Thank you for any help that you can provide.
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Michael Cremo responds:

I would advise going to an art museum in a nearby city, one that has ancient art (Egyptian, Roman, Inca, etc. art), and see if one of the curators could give an opinion. The marking on the top of
the head is not very clear, but it looks vaguely Egyptian to me. Best thing is to get in touch with a big art museum. Sometimes their websites allow you to ask questions to their experts. Or
one can go personally or phone.

The Mazon Creek cast of child's shoe left side view
right side view

Dear Sir:

I have found something I believe is significant. I live in the Mazon Creek area of Illinois where fossils are very abundant still. As an amateur fossil hunter, I was out last Saturday and found quite a surprise.

As you know, the Mazon Creek fossils resulted from ferns and insects being covered with mud. The minerals in the mud eventually dissolved the plant insect material and a cast or impression was made in rock (ironstone).

Well I found what I thought at first was just another concretion containing possibly a fern. But when I dusted it off, it appears I have found a cast of a child's shoe or slipper! There are details which are most convincing, such as a line showing an insole and detail on the heal of the shoe. It is just over 4 inches long. I think possibly that a shoe was covered over in a flood and filled with mud. The same principle applied where the minerals in the mud dissolved the materials of the shoe and we are left with a cast from the inside of the shoe. I wholeheartedly believe this is exactly what has happened and that this shoe is very old. I wish I could guess how old, however the matrix is the same as
the Mazon Creek fossils.

I would like to exhibit this find but only to professionals and serious researchers.
I would appreciate if you could advise who to contact in this regard.

Michael Cremo responds
: For now, I think you are right that you have an interesting anomaly. It would be good, I think, if you could get some mineralogist or geologist to compare the filling of the object that you have with the casts of the admitted fossils and with admitted concretions. If the structure of the concretions and admitted fossils is
different, and your object has a structure that resembles the admitted fossils, that would be interesting.

I should say that in this field of anomalies there has to be some division of labor. I think that my major contribution has not been in conducting actual investigations myself (although occasionally I do it), but to give some publicity to interesting investigations carried out by others like yourself.

I think we could put some of your pictures on our anomalies page, and see if we get any help from other people.

Sincerely yours,
Michael A. Cremo

Rock with fossilized toeprints
Dear Michael:
I found this stone in Truth or Consequences in an arroyo maybe less than 100 yards from the Rio Grande. I pick up rocks all the time and I was going to put this one in a friend's cactus garden. It slowly dawned on me that this was no ordinary rock. I frequently pick it up and place my thumb or toe in it and it has never failed to say I am human.

I also took the rock to New Mexico State University. It was bad timing as most of the people were on spring break. I did find a geologist who took one look at the stone (Lufa) and said it was too old to possibly have a human print in it. I believe he was from the old school of thought and wouldn’t even consider the photos closely. I am not sure if they can be blown up on a computer screen for this purpose. When I look closely I can see the texture of skin. If there is someone specific I could send images to, I would appreciate the information.

This area is rich in archeology. Several weeks ago I heard that another mastadon had been found near the Elephant Butte lake.About three years ago I was hiking nearby and found a complete palm frond in sandstone. What a thrill it will be if someone can confirm what my heart has been feeling, in regards to this little red stone. I hope the pictures are okay.


Dear Roy:

Thanks for the pictures. Here are some Suggestions for further research on your possible human toeprint. If you have Forbidden Archeology, carefully study the reports on human footprints and toeprints in both the archeology and bigfoot
sections of the book. It would be good if you could establish that the rock you have is of the kind in which footprints could have been made.In other words, in its original condition it should have been some kind of sand or clay or ash that could hold a print. Then you would want to look for anatomical features that would confirm it is not just some chance form, but a real print. One such feature might be fine ridgemarks in the rock, of the kind that might be made by a toeprint (the equivalent of a fingerprint, with its characteristic tiny ridgemarks). A geologist could look at the individual grains in the rock and see if they show any signs of pressure, as would happen when a foot presses into sand. The grains at the bottom might be pressed closer together than those toward the top. Also, you would want to find some way of judging the age of the rock.The geologist who refused to even consider that the rock could have prints is a good example of the knowledge filtering process in action.Also, I would think that the kind of investigation necessary is going to invoke looking at the objects themselves.

Sincerely yours,
Michael A. Cremo

Strange grooves accentuate this stone
Grooved stone and mysteriously shaped figure in rock.
Dear Mr. Cremo,
My wife and I have listened to you many times on Art Bell's Coast to Coast. In your last appearance you mentioned something about grooved stones. A couple of years ago I found this object on our property which is next to Indian sacred land. I've tried to identify it but to no success. I was wondering if you could? On the bottom there is three grooved marks.
[This other object] looks and feels like it's hand carved. To me it looks like a face, the bottom is as flat as can be.

Michael Cremo responds: Thank you for sending the pictures of the artifact. I cannot identify what it is. It seems not to be any fossil organism. My first speculative thought is that it might be some piece of ritual paraphernalia, meant to channel some liquid in some ceremony. Sorry not to be of greater help in identifying it.

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