The museums wanted evidence that solely supported evolution. They did not want the slabs that had human foot prints on them. So the workers had to cut off all the human foot prints from the slabs and took them home as souvenirs . And because they were currently not worth anything, the government foreman allowed the workers to keep them. Evolutionists finding out that there were more than one print to combat, came up with the idea to start the rumor that many were “made” by shop keepers as souvenirs to sell to unsuspecting tourist (the very same rumor started to discredit the ica stones).
Side note: Altering the evidence to solely support one theory is conformism. Conformism is not science. And since they have done it here, it brings to question as to where else this was done. I would estimate, in opinion, that it probably fall into the neighborhood of about 30-50% of the evidence has been altered to conform.
But, are they real? Carl Baugh, who purchased one of the prints from someone who knows it’s history, decided to have the print tested, after all the accusations that it was fake. You see a carved foot print out of stone would not have compression evidence of a person with actual weight making the print. It would simply be just a carving. You cannot compress a rock already hardened without breaking it. So to prove the prints were real, they had them sawed in half where the foot made impressions. This way if they were fake, there would be no evidence of compression. If they were real there would be evidence of compression. So here are the pictures of the results.