North Java, NY
at left: Several
piles of dirt that have been picked through in search of more
bones. A small screen at the left side of this photo is used to
filter out the smallest bone fragments. Most of the bones found
to date have come from these mounds of dirt. On the right is the
pond, from where this dirt was dredged. It is possible, but not
very likely, that some bones still remain at the bottom of this
pond. On a clear day, the city of Buffalo, 40 miles to the west,
is visible in the distance.
Not everything is easy at the site. Above,
members of PRI work hard to collect samples for scientific research,
as well as sift through the dirt with the aid of a front-end loader
and a mechanical shaker, which allows us to find bone fragments
larger than 2 or 3 inches (~5 cm) in diameter.
Some of the bones found to date, including neck bones (cervical
vertebrae), toe bones, ankle bones and wrist bones. A skull
fragment is also shown, and a large portion of a tusk has
also been recovered.
of the Java Chapter of American Gold Panners and PRI hold up some
of their recent finds. Also shown is a portion of rib recovered
by the team of volunteers.
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