Monday, August 5

I stayed overnight in Billings after arriving from LA at 8:30 last night. I slept just okay in the hotel room so up early and went to a nice, local coffee shop downtown called Rock Creek Coffee. Drove around just a little in an historic housing area near downtown then headed back to camp near Baker, MT. Got some groceries and ice and gassed up in town then back to camp. All looked in fine shape although there were serious puddles of water on the trails so must have had a significant rain. I heard we got around 7/10ths on an inch in our vicinity last night along with some hail. Glad all was okay in camp.

Got out to the dig site by around 2:30, uncovered the dig area and had to dry out the shade canopy top and the ground tarp then re-dig the trenches to let some standing water out. Quite a process to dig deeper channels on each side of the site to allow water to flow by gravity down the hill. One side needed the channel lowered about 6” by the whole length of around 20 feet. Not digging bones but necessary just the same.

After all the sight clean up and re-installing the canopy top I got back to the fun of exposing more bone. I installed a plaster & burlap field jacket on a long bone that I think is one of the two ischium (part of the pelvis). It seems that what I thought was a really long pubis bone is actually the pubis going one way and this ischium going the other and meeting in the middle where they form a socket where the head of the thigh bone (femur) fits.

Also started to uncover what appears to be another long bone stretching off toward the east side of the dig site. Not sure yet what it is but may be one of the humeri (humerus is the large arm bone that connects at the shoulder). And it looks like a long bone we partly exposed a bit ago turns out to be one of the two illim (large curving bones that form the hips). Really cool.

Worked on site until dark; just didn’t want to quit! Tomorrow I hope to remove the ischium we jacketed and dig out the perimeter of the humerus that heading out from the existing dig area.