With Thursday’s heavy rain behind us, we were able to get back into the site this morning. Things were about as bad as I had feared, with a lot of mud slopped into the pit in spite of the tarps that we put down on Wednesday. But with a lot of shoveling we were able to get the mud cleared from the pit before lunch. Even VMNH director Joe Keiper grabbed a shovel and jumped in:
John actually found this bone at the end of the day on Wednesday. With the sun setting I wasn’t able to look at it closely, but even then I thought it was rather unusual. By this afternoon I was able to remove it for a better look. I believe it’s the distal end of a humerus or perhaps an ulna (I didn’t bring any references with me). If I’m correct, it’s larger than most of the Carmel Church land mammals we’ve found thus far. Anyone reading that’s more familiar than I am with land mammals is welcome to attempt an identification in the comments!
By the end of the day we had two small jackets almost ready for plastering; we should be able to start the jackets first thing in the morning. With a little luck, we should finish this pit tomorrow afternoon or Sunday morning.