Carmel Church Day 5

We had more or less continuous rain today. The work tarps keep some of the rain off, but it eventually seeps into the trenches, making it impossible to see what we’re working on, so we only put in about a half day today. Our first task this morning was to flip jacket 2 (below), which contains various isolated whale and fish bones.

We continued trying to make a trench around the whale flipper and thoracic vertebrae (top). We’ve now removed a vertebra, two phalanges, and three or four unidentified bones, but we found at least five more bones in the back trench (near the top of the photo). These are really slowing us down, in part because I don’t yet know what they are; I suspect they don’t belong to this whale.

Tomorrow’s forecast is rain, all day, so we’ll have to see in the morning how much we can actually accomplish. Things are supposed to clear up by Monday afternoon, so I’m hoping we’ll soon be back on schedule.

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One Response to Carmel Church Day 5

  1. Alton Dooley says:

    Rain, rain, and more rain. NOAA is forecasting continuous rain here for the next 17 hours, so we won’t be digging today. There is also rain forecast for tomorrow, but then it’s supposed to clear up for the rest of the week.

    We’re going to spend some of the day cleaning fossils we’ve already collected. I’ll post some photos this evening.

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