Man-made or naturally-occurring representations of human or animal body parts incised in rock (i.e not full body representations).

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Ancient Kyoto Buddha footprints at Kiyomizu-dera
Ancient Nara Buddha's footprint at Yakushi-ji
Bagan Has both free-standing footprints and mural paintings of them. At the Ananda Temple, the western portico depicts two Buddha footprint symbols on pedestals.
Central Highlands Footprint at Adam's Peak (of Buddha, Adam, Shiva or Saint Thomas).
Ephesus Foot carving in the Marble Road, which shows the way to the brothel.
Frontiers of the Roman Empire Vindolanda: a partial print of an adolescent’s right foot, dated to 160-180 CE, was found on a tile
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum A carved left human hand is to be found on the wall of the Decorated Hall in the Hypogeum.
Hedeby and Danevirke In September 2020, a brick stone was found with a small footprint. It is on display in the Danevirke museum.
Historic Cairo Two footprints of Muhammad, in the mausoleum of Qaitbey.
Istanbul Several footprints of Mohammed are collected in the Topkapi Museum
KernavÄ— "16.1.4. the stone with 'footmarks of the Christ, the Virgin Mary and the lamb', M 123;" (nom file annex)
Longobards in Italy Santuario di San Michele Archangelo: Michael the Archangel footprint, and hand-prints and footprints of pilgrims in underground corridors of the sanctuary
Luang Prabang Buddha Footprint at Phu Si
Old City of Jerusalem Foundation Stone on the Dome of the Rock has "marks" of the footprint of Mohammed (made as he stepped upon it to mount his horse Barak when commencing his ride to Paradise), Barak's Hoofprint and the hand/finger print of Gabriel (who was holding back the rock as it tried to follow Mohammed).
Rock Carvings in Tanum Many footprints
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica Hundreds of footprints
Rome The Church of San Sebasiano Fuori le Mura contains a stone "carrying the alleged footprints of Jesus related to the episode of "Quo Vadis" in the apocryphal Acts of Peter"
Sanchi Stupa 1 Northern Gateway: "The bottom of the pillar face has two footprints of the Buddha with a wheel of the Law on their sole"
Silk Roads Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor Dingding Gate in Luoyang: "In the 2007 excavation, significant artefacts relating to the Silk Road were found, including rutted wheel tracks, human footprints and camel hoof prints."
Tchogha Zanbil There is apparently a 3,000 year old footprint of a child at the foot of the Ziggurat.
Twyfelfontein Hand and footprints


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