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Claracluck

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I'd be grateful of any help please. I found this in Yorkshire last week and I don't know where to start. There seems to be a lot of ammonites in it. I don't have any equipment yet and was wondering what would be best to buy?
I met a lovely couple fossil hunting and the lady told me to get an air pen. Would they be too loud for use in a flat? I don't have a shed! 😩
I have some ammonites I can practice on.

Do I need to soak them in water to remove the salt for a while? Is that ok to do on pyritised ones too?

Sorry for all the questions, I really want to learn. 😊

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Hi and Welcome,

It looks like the rock is not too hard but you might find the ammonites may not have any middles to them at least the ones in your first picture. There is most certainly more inside.
I would start out with an electric engraver pen with a fine bit, you can change them when they get blunt, they are  reasonable price to start off with around £20. You could try a sharp nail and a hammer for the not so sensitive bits.
If you get any pyrite be careful it is not nice stuff and do not breathe in the dust, it corrodes over time and turns to nasty dust, I try and avoid the stuff altogether, some pyrite can be stable but others not.
Others may have more expert advice.
Have fun 

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Claracluck

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Thank you
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Hi Claracluck,
there's no doubt there are a lot of ammonites in your block.
I'm not sure though whether they are intact, it seems they only have the body chambers preserved.
Try removing the shale with a sharp point (hammer and small chisel or nail, or a pin) and see if they have the inner whorls.
Good luck
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