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Dinosaur footprints filled with plaster at South Wales site

By SWEPnino  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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Dinosaur footprints at a south Wales site believed to be 200 million years old have been filled with plaster. 

The damage to the footprints at Bendrick Rock, between Barry and Sully, which is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the markings, was discovered by South Wales archaeologist Karl-James Langford.

The founder of Archaeology Cymru said: “I took a group of 10 students to give them the tour of the dinosaur footprints. I could not hide my horror at the damage which had been deliberately caused.

“We examined one print that had been filled with Plaster of Paris. On a visit to inspect the damage with another group later that same day, somebody had deliberately tried to smash it out with a breeze block, damaging the 200 million year-old print in the process.

“Fires are also being started at the site, and rubbish left around. The public must be stopped going to the site before it is too late.”

Mr Langford has referred the matter to the National Museum of Wales and the Geologists’ Association South Wales Group, and The British Institute For Geological Conservation is also investigating.

Nobody was available for comment at the National Museum of Wales or the Geologists’ Association South Wales Group.

On its website the group says: “These are the footprints of some of the earliest dinosaurs in the world. 

Please help to preserve the site for everyone to see by not damaging or removing the footprints. Please report anyone you see removing the rock to the Countryside Council for Wales, the Geology Department of the National Museum of Wales, or the Geologists’ Association South Wales Group.”

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  • BIGCben  |  August 13 2014, 6:34PM

    British Institute for Geological Conservation (the owners of the Bendricks Rock, Site of Special Scientific Interest ) are continually monitoring this unique site. While we appreciate Mr Langford's concerns we don't consider the damage he observed to be significant. We wish to keep this internationally important geological site accessible and open to the public. We encourage the general public to visit and appreciate the footprints, however we also stress that the foreshore and the geological exposures found there should be treated with the utmost respect. Collecting of fossils or deliberately damaging the geology at this site is an criminal offence. Bendricks Rock is a wonderful and unique part of our natural heritage and we must all be responsible for safeguarding it for future generations to appreciate. Ben Evans Project Manager British Institute for Geological Conservation ben.evans@museumwales.ac.uk

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  • siarad2  |  August 13 2014, 11:49AM

    Seems the perpetrators may believe the myth the world is only 6,000 years old & are destroying evidence to the contrary. I've made up my mind don't confuse me with facts!

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