Monday, 4 August 2014

Eric the Red West dig in 2015

Dr Tom Rich has informed us that 1 August was the cutoff date for a firm commitment of funding to support an excavation at Koonwarra next year.  As full support for that project has not been forthcoming, if there is to be a dig at Koonwarra, it will not be in 2015 and probably not until at least 2017.  2016 is unlikely because there is a plan to move the palaeontology collections from the basement of the Royal Exhibition Building to Melbourne Museum and key personnel will be committed to that exercise.
Because Koonwarra will not be happening in 2015, an excavation at Eric the Red West is now confirmed.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Tentative 2014/2015 Dates

It is extremely unlikely that the Koonwarra inland dig can be organised for early 2015.  The logistics would still take several months' work to finalise.   Therefore, we have started thinking about an ERTW dig for early 2015.

Crew, please pencil the following dates into your diaries.  They are not confirmed yet, but are likely.

Saturday November 22nd 2014 - Field Report Presentation Day and Rookies' Briefing.
Sunday November 30th 2014 - Rookies' Day at Flat Rocks
Saturday February 7th to Saturday February 28th - Dig at Eric the Red West.

A date for Friends' Day at site has not yet been proposed.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Field Report Day

Due to Dr Tom Rich's travel commitments, the Field Report Day is likely to be later than usual this year (November rather than October).  I will post the date once it is finalised.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Good Weekend article

During the Eric the Red West dig in February, John Elder visited the dig.  John is a reporter for the Good Weekend magazine distributed in the Saturday Age.   Last week the article finally appeared.
For those diggers who don't live in Melbourne, or who simply missed it, here it is.

Monday, 5 May 2014

The Bathtub

On a recent fossil prospecting trip east of Potters Hill (led of course by Mike Cleeland), Stephen Broady shot some film.  He calls it The Bathtub.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Filming at Eagle's Nest April 16th

A small group of Dinosaur Dreamers took part in the filming of an episode of "Coast" at Eagle's Nest, near Inverloch on Wednesday April 16th. The weather was perfect and Mike Cleeland topped it off by finding a fossil bone in the shore platform close to where the filming took place.
Dr Tom Rich and Dr. Tim Flannery discussed the discovery of Australia's first dinosaur bone at Eagle's Nest and Tim's student days when he, Rob Glenie and John Long re-discovered the site in the late 1970s.
left: Film crew and volunteers
arriving at Eagle's Nest.

right: Tom and Tim discussing
the history of the area.

left: volunteers breaking rock in the

right: Kim Davis, one of the rock breakers

Left: Jeorg found a bone that was so badly
weathered it wasn't worth keeping. Sorry,

Right: John Wilkins, winner of "Fashions in
the Field" with his stylish helmet.
Fashionable and functional.

Left: Wendy Turner looking
disappointed because her tiny
endless shaft was rejected.

Right: Tom and Tim chatting between takes


Left: Mike and Tim examine the fossil bone
that Mike found not far from where the
filming was taking place.

Left: Mike prepares to cut out the fossil bone, while
Tim looks on.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Flat Rocks video

Steve Pritchard has posted a video of us at Inverloch during Friends' weekend (and a quick flash of the Otways) on YouTube.  Check it out at