The fossilised print was spotted by archaeologist Marie Woods who was collecting shellfish in Yorkshire.
But here in Lancashire we have made plenty of historical finds of our own. They include:
1. Roman fort at Ribchester
The Roman occupation of Ribchester is dated as starting in 76 AD with a Spanish cavalry unit which left at the beginning of the second century. Some time later, towards the end of the second century, the Sarmatians arrived and created a new fort on the same site. UcLan's archaeology department spent five years excavating the site and learned an enormous amount, with many important finds.
2. Wyre: Discovery of Roman road
The remains of a Roman settlement a stone’s throw from the River Wyre were unearthed as part of a massive house-building project in Poulton, leading to calls for work to be stopped....Archaeologists excavated the ruins of roundhouses thought to be 2,000 years old on farmland off Garstang Road East, near to the River Wyre and historic Great Hall at Mains, ahead of homes being built there.
3. Metal detectorists spark archaeological dig
A 3,000-year-old Bronze Age chisel and knife blade found by two amateur metal detectorists in 2013 were eventually formally declared as treasure.
Matthew Hepworth and David Kierzek unearthed the tanged chisel, knife blade, and two fragments of bronze slag during a find at Bolton-le-Sands in February 2013.The find prompted a dig which unearthed burial urns containing human bones, axehead fragments and flint
4. Silverdale Hoard
Valued at £110,000, the collection, found in a field near Silverdale by a metal detectorist, is one of the largest Viking hoards ever discovered in the UK, and is believed to date to around 900AD.
It is now owned by Lancashire Museums Service, and items include 27 coins, 10 arm-rings, two finger-rings, 14 ingots, six brooch fragments, a fine wire braid and 141 fragments of arm-rings and ingots which had been chopped up and turned into “hacksilver”, which was used as a form of currency in Viking times.