Carmel Church, Day 2


Today was our first full day digging. While Christina and Ashley worked on expanding the Buttercup Pit from 2012, I focused on some heavily weathered bones exposed in a drainage ditch in the northeast corner of the site. After several hours of digging, several bones were visible (above).

Here’s the annotated version:


Green are vertebral epiphyses, blue are ribs, red is a phalanx (finger bone), and yellow are unidentified. These bones are badly weathered and riddled with tree roots, so I decided to take them out individually. Here is the phalanx:


And here are two of the ribs:


These ribs appear to come from the same individual, and seem to be consecutive. Unfortunately, it looks like most of this specimen weathered away before we found it.

More to come tomorrow.

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