Monthly Archives: July 2011

Carmel Church Day 12 – finishing up

We finished up this summer’s Carmel Church excavation today. The main large bone left to remove was the anterior part of the dentary that we jacketed yesterday (above). We left this part of the bone out of the jacket to … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 11

I was joined today by long-time excavators Keith, Mike, Josh, and Carter to help with the home stretch of the excavation. All our efforts at this point are focused on removing the last dentary remaining in the pit. We’ve run … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 10

The plan today was to make a jacket for at least the back half of our remaining baleen whale dentary, while completing the trench for the front half of the same bone. At the same time we would make the … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 9

We started off the morning making repairs. Thunderstorms swept through Caroline County last night, and high winds damaged our tarp frame. We managed to throw something together to allow the frame to last through at least the rest of the … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 8

Once again our day was cut short by thunderstorms, but only after we made a fair amount of progress. We’ve now removed quite a bit of material from the pit, as is clear in the image above. Even so, a … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 7

Even though it was cooler today, thunderstorms rolled into the area early and drove us off the site by lunchtime. Even so, we were able to flip and remove yesterday’s jacket, containing a whale lower jaw.

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Carmel Church Day 6

With another hot day today, I had intended to leave the pit early. Of course that didn’t happen, and while we did take a long lunch break we ended up staying on site until well after 6:00 pm.

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Carmel Church Day 5

Quarries are always hotter than the surrounding areas, even if the effects are somewhat mitigated at Carmel Church by the flooded pit and extensive vegetation. So How hot was it in the quarry today? Here’s the truck thermometer; the truck … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 4

It’s hot out there! But due to the perseverance and dedication of Amanda, Laura, and Drew we still got 9 hours on site today, in spite of the injuries (such as blisters) that can be caused by hours of continuous … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 3

The sediments at Carmel Church include lots of iron, sulfur, and carbonate minerals. When the sediment is exposed to air and water, these materials precipitate out as various minerals that tend to harder the bones, making them much stronger. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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