Ciur-Izbuc Cave Footprints
Some of the oldest footprints ever found in Europe come directly from Romania’s Ciur-Izbuc Cave. An estimated four hundred footprints were originally unearthed in this area in 1965. At the time, researchers thought they belonged to a man, woman, and their child; whom were believed to live between 10 to 15,000 years ago, but as Dr. David Webb, a Kutztown University anthropologist points out, they could likely date back 35,000 years. More recent studies show that six, possibly seven, individuals were living in the cavern during a flood, and at least one of which was a child. Although there are other locations where prehistoric footprints have been found older than this, Ciur-Izbuc is unique due to the great number of prints and there close proximity. Sadly, roughly 25% of the original four hundred footprints remain due to damage done by cave explorers.