Carmel Church-Days 7 and 8

On Friday we finished removing the last jacket. Actually, the last two jackets, as we decided to divide the last jacket in two. All the jackets were safely removed, and we spent Saturday preparing to break camp.

In making the plaster jackets, a lot of small bones and teeth are removed in bags and boxes. We also spent some of our time today cleaning those specimens. A tiny sample of the several hundred specimens we collected this week are shown above, including:

A piece of the shell of the sea turtle Syllomus (on the left)

Teeth from the snaggletooth shark Hemipristis (top three teeth)

Teeth from the mako shark Isurus (bottom three teeth)

Partial dental plate from the fish Phyllodus (upper right)

Partial tail spine from a ray (lower right)

Tomorrow we head home after a very successful excavation.

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4 Responses to Carmel Church-Days 7 and 8

  1. Doug says:

    Good luck with all your new stuff. I’m sure it will be exciting.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How many digs a year do you do and do you need another set of hands?

  3. Don says:

    Woops, forgot to put my name in the block.

  4. Alton Dooley says:

    We do have programs for people to participate on excavations; the information is at:

    http://web.mac.com/dooleyclan/Site_2/Field_Opportunities.html

    There are discounts for members, scholarships for students, etc.

    Typically, we go to Carmel Church 3 times a year, as funding permits (our major source of funding is the fees people pay to participate).

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