Monthly Archives: September 2008

Carmel Church Day 8 (updated)

Once again the weather is about to truncate our excavation; rain is forecast for the next four days. Tim and I were joined this afternoon by Keith and Carter, and we managed to get a lot of sediment removed, and … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 7

Tim and I spent the day working on defining trenches for the exposed bones behind the main vertebra jacket. By early afternoon we had made a trench around the flipper material (above).

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Carmel Church Day 6 (Update-10,000)

With the vertebrae out of the way, we were able to go further into the hillside today. Yesterday’s jacket ended at the bottom of the shoulder blade, and I’m pretty sure the light-colored bone under my arm in the photo … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 5

Success! Our rather risky jacket-flipping technique worked better than expected, and we successfully turned the jacket containing the whale scapula, at least 8 vertebrae, and bunches of ribs. The whole idea was to use the jacket to control the unavoidable … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 4

We spent a good part of today continuing to add layers to the vertebra jacket. We’re letting it set up overnight, and we’ll try to flip it tomorrow. The shiny stuff behind the jacket in the photo above is aluminum … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 3

Most fossil sites have some unique characteristics that make excavations a challenge. Maybe the bones are fragile and softer than the sediment, or the same color as the sediment. They might be miles from any road, or even underwater. Carmel … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 2

We had a long and fairly frustrating day today. We have gotten into possibly the most dense concentration of bones I’ve ever seen at Carmel Church (and that’s saying something); they’re stacked 4 and 5 deep. I removed two vertebrae … Continue reading

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