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God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.   
And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: ....
   
Genesis 50:25, Exodus 13:19




Fossils Recovered



The fossils recovered and cataloged each year range in size from large femora to tiny teeth. Except for small unidentified bone fragments and short tendons, each is assigned an HRS field number which becomes its permanent identification.

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The 2000 was the first year that the GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment was utilized to record the location of the fossils.

The 2001 season was the first year that pre-printed numbered Field Labels were used with a more precise control of the field numbers used. The number on the Field Label becomes the permanent identification number for the specimen. The Field Labels are allocated in packs of 100 to the various quarries during the course of the excavation season and a careful record made of numbers assigned to track the fossils in the quarry, as they are removed from the quarry, as they are packed for transport, as they are prepared, and ultimately curated in the collection.

Typically a few issued Field Labels are unused, but several additional numbers are utilized in the course of the bone restoration as small items are discovered as the larger bones are removed from the field jackets.

Quarries with 1 or 2 bones are years the quarry was not worked, but a speciman or two were recovered after being exposed by erosion.


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199772                   72 
19988                   8 
199955                   55 
2000107  115                  222 
2001229  257  209  26                721 
2002380  409   5  198               992 
2003451  340    168  43              1002 
2004275  239    197  143             29  883 
2005304  289    69  85             8  755 
2006329  257    56  229  311             1182 
2007288  271   62  91  27  299             1038 
2008324  203   66  36   330             959 
2009402  391   106  23   249  46  13          3  1233 
2010240  375   24  1  2  480    49         14  1185 
2011190  388   5  54   259  463  26  71  497        12  1965 
2012296  178      43   32  25  822  215       22  1633 
2013351  1   7  71   119  425  50  11  335  8  78  763  34    3  2256 
2014359     56   91     158    422   48   14  1148 
2015270  80   7  66   111  86    163    258   208   18  1267 
2016460    22    47  253       264   180   42  1268 
  2017*                  0 
totals5390  3793  209  330  1086  529  2339  1273  121  156  1975  223  78  1707  34  436  0  165  19,844 
averages321.8  282.9  209.0  33.0  90.5  105.8  212.6  254.6  30.2  39.0  395.0  111.5  78.0  426.8  34.0  145.3  0.0  16.5  1217.9  

  *   year in progress;        averages do not include years prior to 2001, years with 2 or less bones, and year in progress


The numbers for the 2001 season and subsequent years are determined from the actual Field Labels assigned. Prior to that season, the numbers are taken from the bone catalog.

The total number of specimens recovered is not necessarily the best measure of the success of an excavation season. Large or fragile or rare bones typically take much longer to excavate carefully than small bones, teeth, tendons, and bone fragments.

Also the lower threshold for size of tendons and bone fragments to be recorded and recovered has tended to increase as the research has progressed from year to year which reduces the actual counts of cataloged specimens.

A better measure might be the total weight of specimens recovered, but this information is not determined or recorded.

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