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Hello folks, thanks for this great forum and fantastic participants. I sort of stumbled into this fossil thing. Always enjoyed looking at the neat little critters in the rocks (shale) while shoveling them into the potholes in the driveway and dirt road to our house. Never really gave them much thought. I always kept my eyes open for native artifacts, that was/is my real passion. The small patch of land I bought is in the boondocks and has never worked, other than timber cutting. When I built my house, I found about 20 arrowheads just in the area of the house excavation, site grading and the septic drain field. This is what keeps me looking down. I recently plowed the small 30x40 foot patch to search for more arrowheads (excuse to wife being "to plant a blackberry patch") which I might still do. Anyway, I flipped up some pretty awesome chunks of fossil ridden shale. I've never seen this density of critters before. The plow of course ripped the shale out so I decided to do another "dig" by removing the top soil by hand, then working my way by hand down into the shale to determine the angle and general make-up of the layering. Amazingly, the layering is about 60 deg from vertical with a 2" to 4" thick layer of pure fossils. This may be common and hum drum to folks in the know, but it is amazing to me. All of that to say this ... I have pulled out several of the chunks and would love to share them with anyone interested in breaking into one. I'd thought of contacting an administrator to offer some on the auction with the proceeds to benefit this fine forum. If anyone is interested, I can send a box of these fantastic Mahantango chunks of the past for you to enjoy. I am awestruck by these, maybe you would be too ..... maybe not. Sort of a shame, I'm just busting them up looking for another trilobite. Kindest regards, Rocky Stoner PS: I'll get some pics. tomorrow.