Volcanoes are incomprehensible things. They have a tendency to destroy everything in their way when they explode. However after their fiery debris settled, they are shockingly great at safeguarding archaeological remains - those not devoured by the fire.
They are also helpful in creating igneous rocks.
Pompeii and Herculaneum are incredible cases, yet as reported in a paper in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, human footprints can likewise be solidified in time.
At a newfound site in Tanzania, right alongside the world's most odd volcano, a group of specialists discovered 400 of them.
Radiocarbon dating has turned out to be helpful here - the best date run the specialists can give is that these footprints are anywhere in the range of 5,800 to 19,100 years of age.
The former harmonizes with a period when agriculture was developing and sorted out human civic establishments were starting to manifest far and wide. The latter would put these as being in the throes of the last glacial age.
The tracks uncover that, sometime in the distant past, a tremendous social event of people were mismatching the locale, with a large number of them moving towards an obscure goal toward the southwest. Some of these long-gone Homo sapiens were moving at strolling pace, while others seemed, by all accounts, to be at a jogging pace.
The findings of firmly dispersed footprints demonstrate that women and youngsters were travelling together. One especially tall individual was strolling somewhat oddly, with his engravings showing he may have had a broken toe.
"Human origins is a huge interest of mine: where we came from, and why we are who we are," lead researcher Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce, a geologist from Appalachian State University, told National Geographic.
"It was definitely emotional to see our own history in this."
"The first time we went out there, I remember getting out of the vehicle, and I teared up a little bit."