Accreditation of any museum is determined by the many aspects of that museum and how their policies, procedures and practices measure up against museum standards that have been developed over many years. Some of these are security and care of the collections, qualified staff members to perform the duties needed, and a proper functioning organization capable of maintaining the museum and its standards. Since we first were accredited in the early 90’s, the staff, the directors and volunteers have worked very hard to maintain and improve where possible the policies, procedures, storage facilities and working conditions of the museum. So, I am hopeful of a very good report and I believe we will be reaccredited for another ten years.
Now to the fun stuff. Went out surveying again this week through an area I had not been before. This area is just north of the Moore Cut-off Road in the Cedar Mountain Formation. Before we headed up for the survey we did make a stop at the tracks we had stopped at before and showed the volunteers that were with me the tracks.
We began surveying the Cedar Mountain Formation in an area where the exposure was very limited and although we did not find any bone, we did find some petrified wood weathering out of the Dakota. The Dakota sits on top of the Cedar Mountain and was created as the waters of the Mancos Sea began to spread up through North America. In short these are shoreline deposits.
Marvin Evans mentioned he knew of some rock art nearby in Short Canyon. It was about lunch time so we decided to eat lunch in Short Canyon and then visit the rock art. Along the road into Short Canyon, along the cliffs, are embedded large round concretions. We found them very interesting and jokingly theorized that they were cannonballs left over from a great dinosaur battle.
After lunch, we began walking further up the canyon and Marvin pointed out rock art as we walked along. The sandstone boulders that had come down from the top had very interesting weathering patterns and we enjoyed talking about what they looked like. Some became works of art by famous sculptors and others were ancient monsters.
We all considered the day a great success even if all we found was rock art, cannonballs and no bones about it.