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The Formby Footprints in prose, poetry and music:

  • Robert Macfarlane: The old Ways - A Journey on Foot (2012), publ Hamish Hamilton, pp 358-364
  • Jean Sprackland: Strands - A Year of Discoveries on the Beach (2012), publ Jonathan Cape, pp 218-235
  • Helen Tookey, poet: 'Prints', in New Poetries V (2012), publ Carcanet
  • Hilary Tann, US Composer: 'Shorelines', premiered in Crosby, 7 July 2006, reviews in:
Researchers can find further information in the references below:

Television Programmes

  • BBC Four: Fossil Detectives, Episode 3 (4 September 2008) - West and Wales. Presenter: Hermione Cockburn (see also book in Publications section below)
  • BBC Two: Coast, Series 1, Episode 5, (15 March 2008) - Liverpool to the Solway Firth. Presenter: Alice Roberts
  • Channel 4: The Seven Ages of Britain (Justin Pollard), Episode 1, (15 November 2003). Presenter: Bettany Hughes

Radio Broadcasts

  • BBC Radio 4 "Prehistoric Footprints under the Sand", Pennine Productions for BBC Radio 4, 6 May 2003. Presenter: Mark Whitaker
  • BBC Radio 4, Natural History Unit, Bristol: "Footprints on the Landscape - Merseyside" (1994). Presenter: Sarah Blunt
  • BBC Radio 4 "Science Now" series: "Ephemeral Archaeology", (6 November 1993). Presenter: Alun Lewis. Participants: Professor Michael Day (British Museum - Natural History), Professor Geoffrey Wainwright (English Heritage) and Gordon Roberts

Text books referring to the Formby Footprints

  • Barry Cunliffe, Britain Begins, 2012, OUP. Images and text pp126-127
  • Philip H Smith, The Sands of Time Revisited, 2009, Amberley. Images and text pp51-53
  • Hermione Cockburn & Douglas Palmer: Fossil Detectives: Discovering Prehistoric Britain (2008) publ BBC Books, 'The Ephemeral Footprints', pp78-81
  • Chris Stringer, Homo Britannicus, 2006, Penguin / Allen Lane. Images pp233-234 and text p235
  • Justin Pollard, The Seven Ages of Britain, 2003, Hodder and Stoughton. Image p80 and text pp12-13
  • Cis Van Vuure, De Oeros, het spoor terug, 2003, Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Afdeling Natuur. Images and text pp132-135
  • Gaynor Aaltonen, The National Trust Magazine, Number 91, Autumn 2000. Images and text pp36-39
  • Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn, Archaeology - Third Edition, 2000, Thames and Hudson. Image and text p303
Web sites


  • Roberts, G, 2009. Ephemeral, Subfossil Mammalian, Avian and Hominid Footprints within Flandrian Sediment Exposures at Formby Point, Sefton Coast, North West England, Ichnos 16, 33-48
  • Roberts, G and Worsley, A, (2008). Evidence of human activity in Mid-Holocene coastal palaeoenvironments of Formby, North West England, in: Lewis, JM and Stannistreet, JE (eds), Sand and Sea, Sefton's Coastal Heritage: Archaeology, History and Environment of a Landscape in North West England, Sefton Libraries, 28-43
  • Huddart, D,Gonzalez, S and Roberts, G 1999a. The Archaeological Record and Mid-Holocene Marginal Coastal Palaeoenvironments around Liverpool Bay. In: Edwards, and Sadler, (eds) Holocene Environments of Prehistoric Britain. Quaternary Proceedings No7, Quaternary Research Association, London, 563-574
  • Huddart, D, Roberts, G and Gonzalez, S 1999b. Holocene human and animal Footprints and their relationships with coastal environmental change, Formby Point, NW. England Quaternary International, 55:29-41
  • Gonzalez, S, Huddart, D and Roberts, G 1997. Holocene development of the Sefton coast: A multidisciplinary approach to understanding the archaeology. In Sinclair, A, Slater, E and Gowlett, J (eds), Archaeological Science 1995. Oxbow Books, Oxford: pp 289-299
  • Roberts, G, Gonzalez, S and Huddart, D 1996. Intertidal, Holocene footprints and their archæological significance. Antiquity 70: 647-651
  • Cowell, R W, Milles, A and Roberts, G 1993. Prehistoric footprints on Formby Point beach, Merseyside. In Middleton, R (ed), North West Wetlands Survey Annual Report: 43-48

Papers on Hominid Ichnology

  • Lockley, MG, Roberts, G, Kim, J-Y, 2008. In the footprints of our ancestors: an overview of the hominid track record. Ichnos 15, 106-125
  • Lockley, MG, Kim, J-Y and Roberts, G 2007. The Ichnos project: A re-evaluation of the hominid track record. In Lucas, SG, Spielmann & Lockley, MG (eds), Cenozoic Vertebrate Tracks and Traces. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
  • Lockley, MG, Kim, J-Y Kim, KS and Roberts, G 2005. Hominid ichnology revisited: a brief overview of a neglected field. International Symposium on Dinosaurs and other Vertebrates, in Palaeoichnology, Fumanya, Barcelona
  • Lockley, MG and Roberts, G 2004 In the footprints of our ancestors: a brief review of the hominid track record, p. 27-53. In Kim, SK et al, (eds) International Symposium on Quaternary Footprints of Hominids and other Vertebrates, Jeju, Korea

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