Wednesday, 8/4

We elected to work on what I think is a fragment (albeit a large fragment) of triceratops frill found in a completely different location from Clarence. It’s a bit challenging because it’s up high on a steeply sloped side of a butte. Jeff was a trooper and helped me field jacket this piece. It’s about 32” long and @24” wide. That’s a pretty good sized chunk to capture securely in a plaster jacket and be able to turn it over without loosing parts & pieces in the process. As we completed the installation of the plaster soaked burlap strips on the top of the piece we added some 2”x2” boards cut to length to the jacket, kind of like a splint for a broken arm or leg. These boards will help stiffen the jacket so it can be moved without it “flexing.” Flex inside a field jacket = bad deal. We carefully flipped the piece over so it was upside down and resting on the wood supports. We’ll attach more boards to these to act like sled runners or skid plates on the jacket so hopefully it can be lowered down off the butte with a rope while “sliding” over the rocky surface on the wood runners we install. Here are some photos of us working on the triceratops frill –

You have to really zoom in to spot our dig site up high & between two groups of green cedar trees.

We hunted for some pretty petrified wood pieces in an area near the triceratops bone. It’s an area I’ve prospected in the past that often has pieces of petrified wood exposed at the surface. Jeff found several cool pieces he’s proud of and although I told myself no more, I did see one neat piece I seemed to be unable to pass up – so I collected it. Here are some photos from what i affectionately refer to as “Petrified Wood Alley.” –

We retired to the triceratops frill jacket and added a cap of plaster & burlap to complete encase both sides of the frill piece. It will need more layers of the same burlap & plaster on both sides before it will be ready to be lowered down off the hillside (in one piece!).

Couple more photos from this dig –