Monthly Archives: July 2012

Carmel Church Day 9

It seems to be a paleontological rule that interesting bones will start showing up just before the end of an excavation. I’m at the point in this trip where I need to start planning the end of the excavation, so … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 8

After awhile excavations often settle into a routine. You begin to get a sort of feel for the pit, and you start to focus on removing bones you’ve already found rather than finding new things. At Carmel Church it’s a … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 7

This has been an interesting excavation so far, in that it seems like we’re not getting a lot of whale bones. In fact, we’re averaging more than two cetacean elements per day, which is pretty good, but they’ve mostly been … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 6

Even with a long lunch today (spent watching the US women’s basketball team defeat Croatia in the first round of the Olympics) we still spent 9 hours on site today. This morning we flipped our second jacket and removed the … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 5

We had a very productive day, locating several new bones. The first task this morning was to further widen the pit, and to complete the removal of the articulated fish vertebrae that Courtland found yesterday. As it turned out, the … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 4

It was brutally hot today, but we still got about eight hours on site. We widened the pit a bit this morning, and successfully flipped and removed yesterday’s dentary jacket. We also removed one of the small vertebrae from the … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 3

We started a bit late this morning, to give the quarry time to dry out after yesterday’s rain. As it turned out the pit was in good shape. Early in an excavation we dig drainage ditches to prevent the pit … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 2

Our second day started off a little cooler, but ridiculously humid. After putting up our sunshade (we take it down each night to prevent damage if there’s a storm) we continued digging into the back of the Buttercup Pit.

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Return to Carmel Church

This morning we began our latest excavation at the Carmel Church Quarry. We’ll be on site for the next two weeks, and as in past years I’ll try to post each evening about the day’s activities. There’s been a lot … Continue reading

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Field hazards

    A few weeks ago I had to get a chest x-ray taken as part of a series of relatively routine tests (nothing serious). Today as we were looking at the images, my doctor pointed to the area indicated … Continue reading

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