Trinity River Treasure
What should I be named? How old am I?
I opened my WordPress acct to help with my commenting. The only post I ever made on another website had to do with this ‘rock’ that I found in Jan 2012. The above pictures do not correspond to the number comments in my post, here is what I wrote…I found this in the early part of this year, while prospecting. The shape caught my eye as it sat on a gravel bar with hundreds of thousands of other rocks. At first I was thinking a type of geode or something similar, but after studying the characteristics of this shape, I came to believe that this is a complete creature that was trapped, perhaps in a rock slide, and then fossilized. So, I thought that this would be a good place to show this, as I know that some of you probably have skills along this line. 12/18…In picture #8 you can see the best example yet of what the surface texture looks like. I lightly moistened the surface and using morning sunlight I was able to highlight a section of the tiny peaks of the bumps from the reflection of the light through the water coating the texture. I should have mentioned this from the start, but all sides of the main body had this texture. I lightly polished the left side and the bottom. Otherwise this piece was not water worn. It must have been blasted out of the ocean-deposited sediment layers that make up much of the soil mass in the area. That would have happened either in the late 1800s, or in the 1920s/30s mining era. It had been kicked up onto a high bar in the river system, where only flood years would touch it. This would suggest that it didn’t travel too far from where it had been deposited. Actually, there is a 1,000 yd long cut in a red cliff face right across from where I live that is a mile upstream from where I found this. Locals have told me that the cliff yielded fossils, but it could come from several sources in that they really changed this landscape back in the 1800s. Entire ridges were blasted away to nothing in their search for gold. Pictures taken at the time show a completely devastated landscape. Almost no tree or bush left to be seen for miles up and down the Trinity river. For best viewing put the pics on your desktop.