Exploring A Local Collection

Rhyolite, such a lovely shade of pink!

Rhyolite, such a lovely shade of pink!

A fun part of being an archaeologist is getting to explore the collections of local farmers and ranchers. It’s always a gamble, you never know what kind of treasures they’ll have picked up over the years on their land! So, I grabbed one of my rock-loving buddies and off we went.

Hundreds of tiny shells embedded in this one.

Hundreds of tiny shells embedded in this one.

They told us we’d be able to spot it as it would be the house with all the rocks, and they did not lie! There were lovely rocks everywhere!

In the end, we spent time explaining how the lovely purple rocks were formed, and why there were crystal inclusions in the next one.

School of fish rock!

School of fish rock!

They had a wonderful selection of fossils too. I’m pretty sure that one, upon closer examination, was the equivalent of a fossilized school of fish. You could see the spines and fins of several little guys.

Look closely for the fins and spine!

Look closely for the fins and spine!

They did have some nice mauls though and a knife that was found in the 60s and made into a key chain. Unfortunately it was covered in some sort of shellac that obscures its finer details but still a lovely piece. Apparently there is an area near them where there are bones eroding out of the sand, but alas that will have to wait until another, less snowy day to be explored.

Don't shellac the pretty things!

Don’t shellac the pretty things!

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