Carmel Church Day 10

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We’ve finally reached a point in the excavation that I’ve been dreading. Although things started off a little slow, we’ve been gradually finding more and more bone. The problem is that these bones are wedged in and around the newly-discovered boulders, and that make removing them difficult. Continue reading

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Carmel Church, Day 9

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We’re now focusing on three areas in the boulder field, that are producing a moderate number of bones. These all sit on and between boulders, and the boulders are dictating the progress of the excavation. With such a tight working space, we probably won’t be making any jackets on this trip, and instead are removing the bones one at a time. Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 8

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We took yesterday off for Memorial Day, but we were back at the excavation today. We’ve actually come across a small area (maybe 1 X 0.5 m) that looks a bit more like the typical bonebed, although I’m not sure there isn’t a boulder lurking underneath. We found several new bones in this area. Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 7

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I only have a short report today, because even though we’re doing a lot of work, it’s mainly trying to prep bones we’ve already located for removal. Working around the boulders and digging through the cobble-rich conglomerate makes this a slow, tedious exercise. Even so, I estimate we’ve removed approximately 6.5 tons of sediment over the last week. To get an idea of how much we removed today, compare the image at the top taken today, to a comparable image from yesterday: Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 6

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Today’s progress was incremental, as we continued to follow the bones we’ve found over the last few days. We did turn up a few new items today, including the piece of wood shown above. Carmel Church wood is not mineralized, and as a result it’s extremely soft and difficult to recover intact. This is one of the larger pieces we’ve been able to recover. Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 5

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We had a small crew today, as Laura is away for a few days while Christina and Ashley spent the day at a SAGE workshop. Sam, Chip, and I spent the day at the quarry and made a lot of progress. Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 4

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We spent most of the day doing detail work around the small number of bones we’ve found. This sometimes requires working in awkward positions, which is why Ashley is laying head-down over the excavation pit in the photo above. Continue reading

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