Contents: one double-sided laminated sheet with 18 images
This photo series goes through the steps necessary to remove a fossil from the ground and prepare it for transport back to the museum. From the upper left corner moving across to the right:
A fossil is discovered and photographed with scale bar before excavation
Members of the field crew survey the site to measure dimensions
This is an example of an actual plaster jacket used to protect a fossil as it is transported from the excavation site to the museum. The jackets are made of burlap strips and plaster. Each jacket is carefully labeled as to the site location and date of the find. Inside the jacket, the fossil is still surrounded by matrix (rock) that will be cleaned off by preparators once the fossil reaches the museum and the jacket is opened with a cast cutter (hand held saw). The fossil and matrix inside this jacket have been removed.