The Acahualinca footprints — human footprints estimated at about six thousand years-old according to research — are a national treasure in Nicaragua, said archaeologist Humberto Leon today. The authorities hope that the site will be declared — a World Heritage Site.
The head of the section of historic and archaeological sites of the City Hall of Managua told Prensa Latina that students visit the site daily which houses the footprints, to learn its history.
Discovered west of the capital in 1874 by a group of workers, the prints also include animal prints that probably lived or prowled in the region.
Daily Ramirez, guide at the Footprints of Acahualinca Museum, also expressed to Prensa Latina that these prints can be preserved over millennia.
"It is said that the material (volcanic mud) arrived to the area by being dragged by rains and currents, and when this group walked over it, they imprinted their footprints; then a layer of ash sealed them," Ramirez explained.
According to archaeologists, the people — believed to be nomadic — were on their way to the shores of Lake Managua, since it was a known water source and had high possibilities for hunting, fishing and gathering fruit.
The architect Miriam Castillo, of the management for Culture and Historic Heritage of the Managua City Hall, said that Nicaragua is the only nation in Central America with “such pronounced evidence.”
"There are other places where traces of some prints might have been found, but not the amount that we have here, and we are confident that if we continue exploration work we would find more of them," she explained.