Wednesday, 20 July 2011

New bones excavated from the Stainton gravel beds.

The image above shows my latest find just above the trowel

The yellow glove marks the spot i started digging into the hard packed gravels, the new find is over 2 metres into the gravels.

The pic above shows the new find sitting above what i believe is the compressed remains of part of a preserved tree.

The gravels are visible above and below the preserved wood.

The pic above shows the fossil bone almost dug out with the blue- gray layer above.

These pics show the rib piece i have yet to identify it but it looks to have belonged to Ungulate

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Bone excavated from deposit above Stainton gravel beds.

These were found today over 2 metres into the river gravels
 Two of the bones join perfectly to the earlier proximal radius finds pictured below.
 Note the fractures, i believe the bones would have broken as the river gravels became more compact.
All images and information was immediately sent to Tees Archaeology and the fact that this is a large cervid radius and ulna found in this condition in ancient river gravels seems of little interest.

These bones were found over 2 metres into the tightly packed river gravels, i am now in no doubt that most of the other bones ive found in this areas deep cutting becks, were originally buried in these gravels before the becks cut through releasing them. I also now believe the beck causes the black staining and the bones that have spent the most time in the becks natural recent sediments, ie fresh organic waste are more likely to have the black coating.
I have at the present time no way of knowing how long it took the beck to cut through the  ancient river gravel layer so can't say how long this process takes. But bones found with the orange staining and concretions still attached have obviously been released from the river gravels more recently.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Bones excavated from the Stainton gravel beds gravels

These pics show the bones after being cleaned.

Two yet unknown radius pieces and humerus.

The orange grains covering the bones are the remains of what they were buried in.

 I believe this is how most of my bone finds started out after being washed from the river gravels.

This was a very lucky find as i am only able to dig small parts of these gravel beds, were the beck has had thousands of years to flush the gravels!

Unknown jaw still completely covered in the fine gravels and sediments from these ancient river gravels, Tees Archaeology have been sent these images and given the relevant information as has the Dorman museum Middlesbrough with so far little interest from tees archaeology and none from Dorman museum Middlesbrough.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Bovine carcuss only 2 weeks after death!

This bovine carcass has only been exposed to the elements and life that feeds off it for 2 weeks.

I think its plain to see bone does not last to long left exposed, even without the presence of larger scavengers

Ive added this post so viewers can understand why i am so adamant the undamaged fossil bone on this site must have been buried almost immediately.
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