Tues, 7/12

Worked on Clarence dig site a bunch; Jared a champ at serious rock overburden removal. We needed to remove @6’ high wall of rock overburden that’s sitting above new fossils we uncovered in the last couple of days. Jared expertly used a series of chisels to create a crack in the rock that opened into a fissure that opened into a chasm that then broke through and dropped a piece of sandstone rock that must have weighed 400+lbs. we then had to chisel it into small enough pieces to be able to pick them and move them out of the main dig area. Doing this work is hard, dirty, hot and tiring. Nothing glamours or cool about it but it’s what needs to be done to safely access the fossil bone below. Removing the rock above (the overburden) is not the part of the work seen in many dinosaur hunting shows or videos. Just hard work.

Working on mass rock removal with hammer& chisel
Clarence dig site pictures from above; the bones are headed toward the photographer. That’s about 14 feet of overburden that may to be removed to continue to follow the bone layer back into the hill

That… leads to a clear path to access the fossils we’ve found and to be able to carefully remove the matrix from all sides of each specimen so they then appear to be sitting “up” on a small pedestal of soils – ready to be field jacketed with burlap strips soaked in wet plaster over the complete exposed surfaces. These jackets dry & harden so that each is able to be rolled over, labeled with ID number and transported back to the lab.

We finished the days work and headed back to camp for a steak & salad dinner and good nights rest.

Our view of sun setting over the camp spot