Incase you all haven’t noticed, we enjoy movie quotes. In this episode we discussed the screening process that we use, here are some pictures mostly from the summer of 2007 (thanks Aliana, if you’re listening) and a few from today’s setup so you can see the differences.
The following pictures are from 2007.
Close up of one wet screen.
This is the wet screen building at the Gray Fossil Site
(1) Tons of yellow bags, all containing sediment to be screened (2) One yellow bag was then divided into two buckets with water (3) Then the two buckets (after soaking for a day) was poured into four screens
And then you shake, and shake, and shake. (Megan, left) (Brian, in the hat, and Jeff)
The sediment starts to breakdown. Not all of the sediment is black, this is an example of what we loving (not really) called Peanut Butter. It was both like peanut butter in color and texture, and took FOREVER to breakdown, like weeks forever.
Once the sediment has broken down as much as it's going to for the day, we then set them out in the sun to dry, keeping them in their original group.
(1) At the end of each day the screens were then stored on pallets. (2) We used to keep the original yellow bag with each group through the whole process, even though there were metal tags in the screens.
Danny repairing the wooden screen boxes, which he had to do constantly.
Mucking the tanks! Here Brian is dumping the sediment in the lined corral we talk about in the podcast.
Sometimes you just feel like catching dragonflies??
Here's the current setup with the wet screening.
Due to the metal cattle tanks springing leaks, we are looking into replacing them with these blue plastic tubs. We have cleaned up the old screening house and built drying racks out of the old pallets so the screens will have more air flow. And lastly the wooden screens have been replace with plastic milk crates.
Shawn being Shawn (or a sloth).
That's all folks!
Check back next week for "Episode 5: The Man Behind the Beard"
In this week's episode we introduce you to the current, new and improved lab space at the Gray Fossil Site. Grab a cup of coffee (or a cappuccino if you're feeling posh) and join us on this walk through.
Not sure if viewing areas or stealth angles to minimize the Lab's radar signature...
A dirty desk is a busy desk. Lord Vader will find new ways to motivate you...
with this motivational poster!
Brian's beloved BooBerry sign on micro-jack door. FrankenBerry lets you know what to expect.
Pop culture paleo mash-up. Each season Shawn comes to Cody Davis with an idea for new shirts for volunteers. Cody's design work never disappoints! This season is super heroes to coincide with the release of Infinity War. (the other 3 comic designs for this season not pictured)
Indoor wet-screening. Stripe and the Queen keep Wayne and Jim company.
Our break room is fully equipped with a full size fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and a cappuccino machine. It also has a wonderful view of the dig pits!
The Tree of Woe
In this week's episode we reminisce about the good ole days, in what we thought was the original prep lab, in Brown Hall on ETSU's campus.
(a)Here you can see the three layers of tables. (b)Tight quarters! (c)Even stuff under the desks (d)Shawn and Brian sharing a desk
Shout out to a few old faces. Don't worry if you don't see your picture, there are many photos but only a few that work with this week's topic. So be sure to check each week to see if you recognize some of these people.
(a) Zach (in the light colored shirt) (b) April (c) Jamie (in the sunglasses)
The first rhino laid out on the table in the big room across the hall. Note the dried blood color of the floor.
Here's a few more pictures showing a the lab before it was fully set up.
(a)Working with microjack before booth. (b)The Brown lab before setup. (c) Wally without the beard
(a) Shawn working on a tapir pelvis (b)Shawn working on random tapir bits (c)Brian's baby alligator as seen on display in the current museum.
And the moment everyone has been waiting for (I'm sure) Shawn's giant head!!