Overall it was a highly successful excavation. We removed 11 jackets in 11 days (we lost a day last week due to rain), as well as several dozen bags of additional material. These included 3 baleen whales jaws, several ribs and vertebrae from another baleen whale, and several hundred other bones and teeth from whales, sharks, and bony fish. More importantly, with the backhoe we were able to prepare the rest of the site so that our future excavations will go more quickly.
I’d like to acknowledge and thank Mark Goethel and Wayne Allen from Martin Marietta, who have been very helpful in ensuring us access to the site, as well as the 12 volunteers who spent time at the site over the last two weeks. I’m planning a series of excavations at Carmel Church over the next few months, including (hopefully) one later in September. I’ll be posting updates from those as well.
Here is another of the fossils from this trip: a partial stingray tail spine, found by Tim a few days ago: