Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 4

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Due to poor weather conditions, lingering snow, and ice, I lost three days of excavation time. Fortunately, my next crew of volunteers arrived safely and had excellent weather conditions to work in on their first day. This new crew consists of undergraduate students from the College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, and Lynchburg College. Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 3

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My wish came true – the rain wasn’t as severe as I feared it would be! We were able to get into the pit and log about 6 hrs of work. Wednesday’s focus was on removing the Choptank Formation and finding the contact between it and the Calvert Formation. Also, this was the first day that I could see all of the pit area without the cover of snow. Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 2

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Today’s report will be relatively short. Despite the cold, my crew soldiered on to join me in the pit to begin the process of uncovering the area of the Calvert Formation I want to work on during this excavation. Task 1: remove the snow and ice still on the outcrop! Task 2: Start removing the overburden (alluvial sediments that washed onto the outcrop since last year and the overlying Choptank Formation). Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 1

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Today marks the first of two things: VMNH’s first CCQ excavation of 2015 and my first excavation where I am the organizer and leader. Many thanks to Martin Marietta Quarry for continuing to support VMNH’s efforts in the quarry.

Due to the multiple storms that have hit Virginia during the last few weeks, there was an accumulation of snow within the quarry when we arrived. Continue reading

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Solite Excavation: Day 18 and 19

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Today’s post is a brief update on the last two excavations at Solite Quarry and yes, I know, it is WAY overdue.  On Day 18, Ray and the crew spread out along the outcrop to continue working through the overburden. In doing so, multiple fish and plants were found. Kal continued to remove the final layers just above the insect. As a result, I had quite a bit of work to do when we return to the pit on Day 19. Continue reading

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Solite Excavation: Days 15, 16, and 17

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This week’s Solite excavation update is going to combine the findings from the last 3 days of excavation. The first two  excavations (Jan. 10th and 17th) of the year focused on continuing to remove overburden from the outcrop. During these two trips, the crew found a variety of Tanytrachelos, fish, and plant fragments. I was not present during these two excavations so unfortunately I do not have pictures available to highlight the best of those days.

During the excavation on Jan. 31st, we had a new record for the number of Tanytrachelos specimens collected in one day: … Continue reading

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Paleo Teaching Kits Update!

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Before his departure for California, former curator Dr. Dooley started not only the molding and casting program but developed three fossil teaching kits. These kits provide a resource to teachers that is durable, reusable, and hands-on. These kits include cast replicas of museum specimens, identification cards, and a teacher’s guide and lab.

During the recent holiday season, I decided to update the teacher’s guides and labs. Continue reading

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