It was stated in The Times on 24/12/94 that ‘the world’s earliest footprints are to be preserved in a joint effort by the J Paul Getty Trust and the government of Tanzania … Over the next two years the tracks will be exposed, stabilised and buried again’.

I feel it is a great pity that the footprints have to be buried. Is it not possible, in these days of scientific ingenuity, that the prints could be somehow protected enough to remain visible to all who would like to gaze at them and marvel at this evidence of our ancestors 3.6 million years ago. I realise that possible tourist damage and the activities of over keen archaeologists would have to be guarded against, but I wonder if enough thought has been given to the matter.
Christine Lawrence

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