Two thousand-year-old footprints left by a Roman child playing by the side of a road have been found in North Yorkshire. Archaeologists made the remarkable discovery while excavating a muddy area of a former Roman settlement on the A1 near Leeming.

Helen Maclean of archaeology firm AECOM described the find as very rare. "I'm not aware of many other footprints being found, everybody was quite amazed by it," she said. Photographs show a right footprint clearly visible in soft ground followed by two left prints - suggesting that the boy or girl who made them was hopping or skipping.

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