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Have you seen Petrosomatoglyphs? I think you have if you just know what it is. If you have seen footmarks, handmarks, animal footmarks and shoemark imprints on concrete, rockbed, cement, tiles, asphalt pavements and even wood surfaces you have maybe found one to be waymarked.
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The word petrosomatoglyph comes from the Greek petros ("stone"), soma ("body"), and glyphein ("to carve"). So petrosomatoglyph is an image of parts of a human or animal body incised in rock. Feet are the most common; however, knees, elbows, hands, head and fingers, etc. are also found.

The term "petrosomatoglyph" should not be confused with "petroglyph", which covers all incised representations of living or non-living things, or with "pictograph" , which is an image drawn or painted on a rock face, and both of which contribute to the wider and more general category of rock art. Petroforms, or patterns and shapes such as labyrinths and mazes made by many large rocks and boulders in rows over the ground, are also quite different.

Earliest petrosomatoglyphs are on rockbeds around the world. For example dinosaurs, other ancient animals and even early homidis footprints are found. In picture [1] 1.5-million-year-old prints found in Kenya.

In early middle ages petrosomatoglyps were created for example by the ancient Celtics peoples. Like carved footprint im Dunadd, Scotland [2]. They were an important form of symbolism, used in religious and secular ceremonies, such as the crowning of kings.

Modern petrosomatoglyphs are seen for example on concrete buildings, bridges and pavements on streets or like in forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre [3]. Making footprints in stone of family members is part of New Age beliefs. Some of petrosomatoglyps are done in artistic way. They are found on museums, parks and even some reststop areas can have these to amuse their visitors.

Yet some are formed just by accident when human or animal have walked on wet concrete or asphalt pavement like in picture taken from bridge in Porvoo, Finland.

Link to wikipedia for more information

Instructions for Posting a Petrosomatoglyphs Waymark:

Petrosomatoglyphs in this category should be authentic imprints on permanent surfaces (concrete, rockbed, cement, tiles, asphalt pavements and even wood surfaces). Both ancient and modern petrosomatoglyphs are highly welcomed.


1. Take coordinates of the petrosomatoglyph with your gps.

2. Take atleast one photo of the petrosomatoglyph.

3. Tell about the location and size of petrosomatoglyph. Please tell also if location is inside a place where is admission fee and when the site is accessible.

4. Only one waymark in each location is allowed in this category.

Optional tasks:
1. Take photo with your gps-receiver, hand , foot or some other instrument like tape measure or ruler to give other viewers nice scale comparison.

2. If it is possible tell about the history behind the petrosomatoglyph. Who has done it and for what reason?
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
- Take pictures of the petrosomatoglyph.
- Tell about your visit at site.
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Image for Dino footprints - Sesimbra, Portugalview gallery

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PetrosomatoglyphsDino footprints - Sesimbra, Portugal

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Some Herbivore Dinosaur footprints.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RuiJSDuarte

location: Setúbal, Portugal

date approved: 1/24/2014

last visited: 6/29/2008

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PetrosomatoglyphsImpressões do Centenário - Lisboa, Portugal

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Mural with the impression from the hand of one hundred children.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra

location: Lisboa, Portugal

date approved: 12/7/2011

last visited: never

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PetrosomatoglyphsJazida de Bouro I - São Martinho do Porto, Portugal

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These sauropod footprints, known as Jazida de Bouro I, where discovered in June 1995

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tmob

location: Leiria, Portugal

date approved: 5/1/2011

last visited: 11/24/2013


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Tracks discovered in January of 1996 in the Mountain range of In this deposit, in a flagstone with great inclination (about 70º for west), at front left of one old quarry that supplied the material used in

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member h_raky

location: Leiria, Portugal

date approved: 11/5/2010

last visited: 2/16/2013

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PetrosomatoglyphsPedreira do Galinha - Dinossaurs Footprints

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These footprints make the most important source of dinosaurs footprints in Portugal. .

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PLnauta

location: Leiria, Portugal

date approved: 6/6/2010

last visited: 4/19/2009

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