It would DEFF be worth doing that!
Practice on broken bits first.
It's very rewarding doing it yourself no matter how rough the results are.
I was hoping that someone might be able to tell me more about the rocks pictured below, which I keep finding at Charmouth. I've been there once a year for the last 3 years, the most recent visit was on Saturday.
Each time I've pulled one of them out of the clay at almost exactly same point on the beach, they are very heavy, very hard, and appear to be packed full of ammonites, bi-valves and other bits and bobs.
They look like a layer of mud from the sea floor that has fossilised and broken up, and I'm assuming it must be pretty common, so I was wondering if it had a particular name etc?
Below is a picture of the part of the beach they all come from, behind the couple in orange. you can just about see the Visitor centre at Charmouth in the middle of the picture.
Last year's rock...
aaaannnd, the first one...
As ever, any info gratefully received
Hi Aurelius - On mine, if you look at them side on you can see there are ammonites running all the way through the blocks, so I guess at least some of them should be complete.
I wondered if it would be possible to have them prepped in some way to reveal the complete ammonites inside (was that what you were thinking?) or at least show more of what was going on.
I found the first block on one of those organised fossil trips from Charmouth visitor centre, the guy running the trip said the matrix was too hard to get any of the ammos out, but I don't know if that means that nothing can be done with it at all, or if he was just trying to stop me whacking it with a hammer and ruining it! :-)
Now that is exactly what I was hoping might be achievable, that looks amazing.
Did you prep that yourself or get someone else to do it for you? I don't have the tools to try it myself, any idea how long it would take and how much it might cost?
Thanks for the info about rock type by the way
I think they might have to stay as the interesting grey rocks on top of the cabinet for the time being!
It would almost be worth investing the money in the kit and learning to do it although I suspect it would take a long while to be able to do it that well.
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