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  1. Excavating for fossils

    Hi Folks. I have found over a hundred of these in a relatively small area. Basically, in my yard and garden. I recently tilled a neighboring section up the ridge about 30' X 40' to look for more arrowheads and such. Found 2 arrowheads after the first rain, and maybe 20 of the fossils. There is only a few inches of top soil, then there is soft yellow shale several feet deep in places. I drilled some 40" deep holes for a pole building by the garden and it was all the soft shale. The artifacts are of course in the top soil but my plow cuts into the shale several inches and I think this is where it exposes the fossils. Couple questions: Are these fossils already in pieces, or am I breaking them up with the plowing and tilling ? Would I benefit from doing a "dig" of sorts in an effort to find more intact specimens ? Also, is there a likelihood that they are all near the surface, or are they probably at any / all depths ? Is so, how would I go about it with no machinery other than a small tractor with a plow ? I'm in eastern WV at about 900 ft elevation on a small spur ridge near the base of a 3000 ft mountain in the Appalachian chain. (if that helps) I'd really like to find more complete specimens, but am guessing they were all broken up long ago .... way before they got up here. Thanks for looking. Kind regards.
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