Monthly Archives: March 2009

Solite Day 3

It looks like Apple may have corrected the iWeb bugs that were interfering with comments (keep your fingers crossed). Solite is often a strange site to excavate. After being swamped with Tanytrachelos specimens for 2 days, I don’t think we found … Continue reading

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Solite Day 2

It was sunny and warm today, a perfect day for excavating. The biggest issue (besides the traffic snarls caused by today’s NASCAR race in Martinsville) is the fact that the museum is currently closed on Sundays and Mondays due to … Continue reading

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Solite Day 1

Believe it or not, it doesn’t rain every single time I go in the field. Today we started an excavation in the Triassic rocks at the Solite Quarry (now owned by CEMEX), on the Virginia-North Caroline State Line (see my … Continue reading

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Psephophorus

Now that I’m back in Martinsville, with our five Carmel Church jackets safely stowed in the museum, I can begin to follow-up on some of our finds. On our first day Brett found the small bone shown above, which I tentatively attributed … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 10

We’re starting to wrap up now. The big job today was loading yesterday’s jacket onto the flatbed trailer I brought for transporting jackets. With the quarry still a muddy mess, just getting the trailer into position was a 45-minute adventure, … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 9

This morning it was cool and foggy, but around lunch time the sun finally came out, so we were able to get a lot of work done today. While waiting on the pit to dry out a bit we continued … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 8

The main thing we found today was mud – lots and lots of mud. It finally stopped raining last night, but was cool and overcast today, so the quarry didn’t dry out very much.

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