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Dec 11, 2013 9:40 AM

URGENT: Student assessment to identify this footprint

Hello,

 

I am a master’s student from the University of Leicester, studying Museums Studies.

 

We have recently been split into group and tasked with identifying objects from the Welcome Collection.

 

Can anyone help me out with the identification of this footprint? My group and I felt like it was a mammal, possibly from the canine or feline family?

 

Also if anyone has suggest about where I could find out any other information that would be great.

 

Many thanks,


Anna Chrystal

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    Dec 11, 2013 10:45 AM (in response to abc2806)
    Re: URGENT: Student assessment to identify this footprint

    Hi Anna, this was also posted in another area and I think you have opinions given there.

     

    However, I will let you have mine. It's definitely canine rather than feline as felines have retractable claws that rarely show up in footprints. It looks like a footprint I a piece of terracotta, Roman perhaps? These are often attributed to fox, but I feel they are just as likely to be domesticated dog hanging around the terracotta yard and leaving their prints in the undried tiles.

     

    Here is a picture of similar that I have taken which came from the Roman fort of Calleva - now Silchester in Berkshire.

     

    Roman footprint.jpg

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    Dec 15, 2013 10:21 AM (in response to abc2806)
    Re: URGENT: Student assessment to identify this footprint

    Hello Anna

      For what it is worth here is a thought. The depth of the footprint should give you an idea of the weight of the animal. If we consider the consistancy of the drying tile to be fairly firm the the depth of the paw print may suggest a dog. If you can get your hands on some plastercine roll out a square and get your local friendly Labrador to step on it.Hope that helps.

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