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Raw sewage and a mud hole   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Next, we went off to the field where they spread the dirt from the pond where thA duDe and I went last week. There wasn't much to be had there, so we hit the back edge of the pond for a few minutes. We were already drained from sifting, and the heat and humidity were stifling, so we didn't dig long. Maybe 45 minutes and we called it a day. The best things I found were a gigantic sperm whale tooth and the biggest thresher I've ever found, and only the second or third biggest I've ever seen. You'l...
Back in the saddle again   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Man, its been a while. Family vacation, fun though it was, is over. Its time to get back to some serious toothin. This is my week's lunch finds from over at the germanic pit. No nice teeth really, but the vertebra is HUGE. It’s the biggest intact one I've found to this point....
Back in the saddle again   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Earlier this week, a friend and I found a new pond and the layer was NICE. We walked the piles a little bit then but didn't find anything. thA duDe and I went out there today ready to come back filthy. The pond was small - probaby only 10 yards by 30 yards. So it was easy enough to dig the whole thing out in a single day. I found a few nice ones, but he had an awesome day. He found a little benedeni, 2 complete serrated 4" megs, a perfect 2" angy, and probably other stuff I can't remember now. O...
Baked Weezil   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Since I found a great spot to dig that was not dependent on the absence of construction crews, I decided to make the most out of it. Every day this week (except Thursday) I went digging at lunch. Man, it was HOT! On Monday, it was 96 degrees, and I thought I was going to die. It got a few degrees cooler as the week went on, but nevertheless, it was still scorching. One day, I even pulled a move out of the neophyte fossil hunter's book - I fell down the side of the ditch. While I didn't find the ...
Stealth mode   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
After the incident last week with getting kicked out and all, we (T money and I) decided to employ a little stealth in our operation. There are these dirt roads that connect the two sides of the development, so we parked in the woods and walked to the pond. We ducked behind piles and hid behind giant dirt boulders as the pond gestapo patrolled the area looking for rogue toothers. Believe it or not we got tired of the area because we weren't finding anything, so we headed off back down the dirt r...
Something new from a lousy spot   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The other day, I ran into these guys at lunch and I asked them if I could walk the piles for teeth. The lead guy says no, but only because of liability reasons. But he said that I could go out on weekends, and it would be ok. So I make plans for the weekend. Da f0ssZ is coming down, thA duDe, T-moNey. Its gonna be a diggin party. WELL! We showed up at 8 and started digging. Within 10 minutes this fat slob rides up and yells "Alright! EVERYONE out of the pond!" This guy was there when the head du...
Someone must love tooth hunters   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today started off EARLY! We all got up at 5 because we had a yard sale. We emptied our garage in hopes that wouldn't have to carry it back when the sale was over. That wasn't the case, but we made enough to make it worth doing. And my garage is now MUCH cleaner. Perhaps a boat will soon call it home?? Anyway, we carried the stuff left over to Goodwill, and by the time we got home, we could see a storm blowing in. I was planning on going to check out some recently dredged ditches with this dude f...
A new spot   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
After a hearty mexican feast, we hit this spot a friend of mine told me about a while back. It had rained some, so I thought we might come across some stuff walking the piles. There were a few teeth, but the major find of the day was information. I talked to a weezil-friendly resident, I found out that this little hole in the ground was soon to be a large pond. OH YAH! A new spot. Then, on the way back to the truck, I found an arrowhead. Not the best one in my collection, but its still cool. I'l...
The last forbidden lunch :-(   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
They have really been grading big time now, and within the next few weekdays, they will be finished with the forbidden pond. Not wasting a single second, I did some digging in both layers. I got a nice mako, a smaller, perfect angy, and a double rooter squalodon. Bummer that one of the roots is dinged - still, though, these whale teeth are so rare that this is a great find anyway....
A double shot   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
You know, I actually do have a job. But you wouldn't know it with all the toothing I have been doing lately. Its because of my job that I get to go so much. I work less than a mile from the forbidden pond, so I have been going at lunch whenever I can. Today was no different. We had some serious rain the other night, so I was able to walk the fields where they have been spreading the dirt from the ponds first, and I found a few decent ones that way. Then, I went digging in the hole. Its almost fi...
I am favored by the tooth gods!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
We headed off early this morning to go see tooth guy. After spending a great 2 hours in his shop drooling over his collection, we went collecting. Its been so easy lately to decide where to go. As far as I'm concerned, there is no since to go anywhere else. Do I even have to say it? Of course we went to the forbidden pond! We only had three hours left to dig, because it was kindof a long drive from tooth guy's crib. I had another killer day as you can tell from the pictures - two more whole megs...
A week of forbidden lunches   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
All week long, I have been going out to the forbidden pond every chance I get. Usually, its during lunch, but once I went out at night. At any rate, its been a pretty good week ;-) They are almost finished digging this puppy, so we are almost out of time to dig here. I've got mixed emotions about that, but whatever happens and whatever I find until the end, the memories will be grand! When I tell stories of the forbidden pond in the future, many will gasp open-mouthed at the bounty we had. I'm g...
A week of forbidden lunches   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
A week of forbidden lunches
Persistence finally pays off   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today, like any other Saturday, started out with visions of giant megs falling out of the dirt. T-Money, thA duDe, and I all set out early to beat the crowds at the forbidden pond. It has become rather famous lately, so lots of people are coming by to pillage the teeth. Again, they didn't do much work on it this week, but yesterday afternoon they did some digging, and we were the first ones there to uncover the riches concealed beneath the filth. We dug for hours on the new section, but found NO...
The oasis is shrinking   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Again, with visions of giant megs and angys dancing in my head, we headed off to the forbidden pond. They hadn't done any work all week on the pond, so the Wando is tapped out. We walked and dug the chandler bridge for a while, but with little reward. The angy at top left is nice, but the corner broke off when I pulled it out. They are so brittle down in that layer until they are dry! Well, I guess we'll just try again next week....
One last ditch effort   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The last day of my 4 day weekend was spent doing exactly what you expected - toothin. Am I insane? Am I addicted? Is Taco Bell the best fast food joint EVER? I say YES to all three. Snap your fingers when you read that last "YES" and say it with a lisp. That's my intent here. I must rely on my sad sense of humor, because the earth was unable to satiate my desire for a killer tooth. Hard to believe with the luck I have had lately, but true. The meg isn't bad, but it has some root damage. :-( oh w...
How to dig for teeth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today was the annual birthday dig, and everybody was down - Roy, da f0ssZ, thA duDe, t-MoneY, J of the Golden Shovel and Mrs. Of the Golden Shovel. We were going to take the house down. But then, one of the dudes from the development showed up. He's been out there all week at lunch digging next to us, and today he just stopped by to say hey. And for a few bucks, to show us how to REALLY dig for teeth. He went and fired up the track hoe and took off a whole corner for us to dig in. The excitement...
Diggin with Roy   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Roy from the NY Times Fossil club came to town to find some SC teeth, so I took him to a couple of spots - the big ditch and the forbidden pond. The big ditch was a bust. I guess it had just been picked over this week since the big rain last weekend. So we tried our luck at the forbidden, next. They hadn't done any digging in 2 days, but that didn't stop us from wailing away at the walls for like 5 hours. We didn't find any killers, but it was still fun. There has to be more giant teeth in there...
The lucky streak continues.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
My son asked me this morning if I would take him to the forbidden pond tonite. He had seen me return home with meg after meg, and he wanted a piece of the action. We went out after I got off work tonite and dug for an hour and a half. He found a 4" tooth - not bad for an 8 year old! I found a 5 1/2" meg - not to out-do him, but to rescue the tooth from an uncertain future. The picture of all the teeth I found today didn't turn out well, but there's enough there to show you all the teeth I found....
A forbidden lunch   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Ok, so the name sounds all shady, but there was nothing that went on that my wife didn't know about! I actually went out to the forbidden pond at lunch today and yesterday to do some digging. They have been working like crazy to finish it off, and I wanted to be sure to get in as much digging as possible. My coworkers saw the stuff I was finding, and now they are going at lunch too. On the far right is a giant rib that I found. There was a whale unearthed in the digging, but the skull was nowher...
An Unbelievable Day!!!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today started out like most others - I got up early and got ready. I looked outside and saw that it had been raining - great, I thought. My boots were gonna be full of water. thA duDe showed up, and we went and picked up T-money and headed off to the forbidden pond. Where else? When we got there, J of the golden shovel and Mrs. Of the Golden Shovel were already hard at work. Apparantly, yesterday J payed the backhoe guy $10 to dig out a spot to dig. There was a nice little spot all ready for us!...
An Unbelievable Day!!!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
An Unbelievable Day!!!
Chez Whitey!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
While I didn't actually find all these teeth today, I find it easier to lump them all together in one trip. The came from the same spot, so who's hurt here?? I say nobody. Anyway, they have done some more digging at the forbidden pond, and this is my cumulative result of 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there. Notice the killer light color of the teeth, especially on the killer meg in the middle. I heard that more digging will be done today, so this coming Saturday should be a home run!...
Piles of teeth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I was in a really good spot today, as you can tell. The Wando layer was deposited in a thin green clay, so the teeth were orange, naturally ;-) Today was more of a quantity than a quality day. I know the meg looks sweet, but it was already broken when I found it. Shamer! I glued it, but you can still see the fracture lines. Next week will be better....
More goodies from the forbidden pond   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The whole gang went out again today, but the teeth weren't just falling out of the edge like they have been in the past few weeks. Mostly, they edges had been dug out, and we were digging under precarious ledges of loose sand. Not finding anything for the first 2 hours, I turned my shovel on the Chandler Bridge that was lying exposed in the middle of the pond. You will see on the right a 2 1/2" beauty pulled from within. I was pumped, so I went back to the edge and decided to try my luck again. ...
The forbidden pond is a gold mine!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Like every Saturday since… well, I can't remember when, we hit the forbidden pond. They really haven't done much work out there in the past week because of the rain, but there was still plenty of real estate to dig up. Today, all of us found good stuff. T-Money found a little 3" meg, thA duDe found a 3" meg and a pristine 2" Mako, J of the Golden Shovel found a near 6" meg, a 2" museum quality benedeni (drool!), a pathologic meg, and a pre-molar squalodon. What a day he had! I did ok too, I foun...
The forbidden pond is a gold mine!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The forbidden pond is a gold mine!
The Forbidden pond pays off AGAIN!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The whole gang came along today to the pond - thA duDe, da f0ssZ, t-Money, J of the Golden Shovel, and Mrs. Of the Golden Shovel were all there to play in the mud. It seemed like megs were popping up everywhere today! T money was the first to strike with a 5 1/2" peeler, then I found a 3 1/2 incher, followed bt my mako and another 3 inch megger. Then thA duDe found a 4 1/4" blonde tooth - the biggest he had ever found before today. Then I found another 3 1/2 inch beauty. How could the day get an...
Midnight run to the forbidden pond   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
All week long, I have driven by the forbidden pond, only to longingly watch the giant earth moving machines dig the pond ever larger. And I was unable to do anything except wish I was a ditch digger instead of a programmer. Ok, maybe not, but that job would rule for a fossil hunter. I couldn't stand it any longer, so I grabbed the flashlight and the Coleman lantern, and I set up shop in the bottom of the muddy pit. You know how hard it is to dig by artificial light? Well, it is! I found some nic...
First crack at a freshly dug pond   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Every so often, I get to be the first to dig at a new spot. Today was one of those days. I set my alarm clock for 6:23 this morning so we could beat the rush of people, but I woke up at 5 and was too wired to go back to sleep. thA duDe got here at 6:45 sharp, and we dropped by T-Money's place to snatch him up. He was looking out the window. We all knew that today would be a glorious day. Brace yourself - the best pond ever, the forbidden pond, was expanded yesterday. They just started digging, a...
Today I was greedy   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Every three months, Lafarge (formerly Blue Circle) Cement opens its muddy pits to fossil collectors. I always anticipate this day, not because Lafarge is an extremely productive site, but because this is the only place I know of where I can find Auriculatus teeth. I had never found a whole one before today. Let me tell you, after I found that puppy, I had this satisfaction of knowing that even if I didn't find anything else the rest of the day, the day would have been a good one as far as fossli...
Today I was greedy   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Lafarge isn't really that big, so T-Money, tha boy, thA duDe, and I left after about 2 hours and went to the forbidden pond. We ran into J of the Golden Shovel, and proceeded to dig. I pulled out tooth after tooth there, and everyone else did the same. Man, we had a really good day....
Today I was greedy   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today I was greedy
My biggest tooth in a year in a half, and it’s a beauty!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
My biggest tooth in a year in a half, and it’s a beauty!
My biggest tooth in a year in a half, and it’s a beauty!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
For the first time in two years, my brother who has been out of the country was able to go toothing with me. I wanted to take him around and show him all the spots, and I actually intended on taking him to a new pond, but in revisiting old ones, I noticed that there had been new work done on the forbidden pond. I knew that it was our duty to dig it. Apparantly, we were the first to notice this place because there were no other dig marks. We went at it with a vengence, and the rewards were great....
A bad day toothing is better than a good day at work   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
T Money and I set out today not knowing where we should go, but on a whim, he said we should go back to the forbidden pond where we had done so well a few weeks ago. Sure enough, they dug a little ditch off the other side and some killer layer was exposed. Not only that, but no one else had been there yet. Recipe for success, if you ask me. But sometimes there is great layer and no real teeth, and that's the way it was in this spot. Oh well, c'est la vie. It was fun anyway....
Gorgeous teeth from a new ditch   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today is another vacation day well spent in a filthy hole in the ground. T moNey agrees. We started digging about 9 this morning and dug until 3 at this new ditch we found. We went one day last week and really struck out at this pond, but on the way out of the development, on a whim, we decided to check out these ditches. We didn't have enougn time to dig them then, but we really tore them up today. We even took our axes to chop out roots so we could pick out the teeth beneath. We had a pretty g...
I really worked for this Mako   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
This morning I went toothin with T-Money and J of the Golden Shovel. It was quite fun, though it took some time before we actually got to the business of hunting teeth. You see, J of the golden shovel found a new spot WAY back in the woods and he wanted to show us. We went and hiked the woods for almost 2 hours before we gave up looking for the newfound spot. Next we went to the great pond from a couple weeks ago where I found the meg, and dug about an hour. None of us found anything, so we went...
My boy bags his first meg!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
My son has been after me for about a week now to take him to find some teeth, and with my gem yesterday, he was more than excited to try his luck today. I took him by 007 because he's the quantity type of guy, and I figured that was the place for him. There was a little rain last night, so my thought was that it may have pounded out some teeth. nope. Just enough rain to make the sand moist and a pain in the butt to look through, but not enough to really do anything beneficial. That place was a b...
The tooth gods smiled upon me   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today being like almost all other days off, I had to get my fix. I head out early intent on tearing up megapond again. After 2 hours of backbreaking labor there (it does seem strangely like labor when you're not finding anything), I decided to try my luck elsewhere. Strangely enough, while I was on my way out, T-Money was on his way in with his pops and brother. I bailed and they stayed on digging in the little spot with layer. Just to satisfy your curiosity, he found a killer 2" bone white carc...
The tooth gods smiled upon me   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
On a hunch, I just drove back to this spot I hit a long time ago where they were just beginning to do some construction. To my surprise, I found four new ponds waiting for me to pillage. 2 were without any layer whatsoever, one was questionable, and one was a definite winner. I flipped out the best meg in a while and a total shamer. I am still carry the 4 3/8" beauty around in my pocket!...
Best Great White of the year!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Da fosSz came down to hunt with me today, so I thought I would take him to a new place. It wasn't really a new place, but a little birdy (t money) told me that they were making it bigger by the day. He wasn't kidding. This place is MASSIVE. So I have offically dubbed it Mega-Pond. If you have been following my adventures long, you know that only the good spots get names. This is now a good spot. A few weeks ago when I came here, I really didn't find anything worthwhile, but today was oh s...
Lots of nice small ones from 007   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I didn't find anything large today, but I found a bunch of little teeth. I always know that when I go to this spot, I might not come back with a giant tooth, but I sure won't have any problems finding teeth. I just sat down in the middle of the creekbed and picked up teeth for several hours....
007 yields a tasty artifact   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I took a week off from fossil hunting, and I was ready to get dirty today. I went back to 007 because one simply does not abandon such a cherry spot after so few visits. This place continues to amaze me, and I am even more happy with it today because I found a way to drive really close to it. I am a lazy man at times. No, not lazy - I would just rather spend my time digging, thats it ;-) Anyway, today didn't turn up too much in the way of quality teeth, but as you can see, I didn't come home emp...
Blue Circle and back to the new spot   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today was the day fossil hunters all over South Carolina (and other surrounding states) have been waiting for - the Blue Circle open dig. I arrived promptly at 8 and found that they were actually letting us drive down into the pit. That was cool. The last time I went, it was quite a long walk. I got ready and ran as if I were a moron to the awaiting ubiquitous mounds of spoil. No teeth here, or there, or anywhere, at first. Not satisfied with the front of the mine, I spent 30 minutes walking to ...
Blue Circle and back to the new spot   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Da fossz and I still had more digging to do, so I didn't feel like the day was a wash yet. I had run across a new spot a few weeks ago (unfortunately, I lost the pictures of the stuff I found that first day). I told him I would take him and let him decide if the spot was worth it. I knew the second I stepped foot into it. Picture this. I'm walking through the woods and I come upon this dried up stream bed with sand all over the bottom. Every few feet there are pebbles poking through the sand. An...
Another new spot   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
T-Money called me up today and got me all excited about finding some teeth. We didn't really know where we were going to go, so we hit some old locations to see if they had done any more work on them. We remembered a few weeks back we had seen the beginnings of a new pond, so we walked on back to it to find that it was now enormous and it looked like a great spot to dig. Beautiful mulit-colored levels of clay, but no layer! I finally found a strip about 20 feet long where there were rocks, and t...
A new spot   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I was off today, so I hit some old areas for lack of any place better. I went back to the dank mud pit, but it was so grown over that it was pointless to go back. There is this big ditch behind there that a buddy of mine used to hit and find nice stuff, but when I went, there was still a little too much water to find anything. There was some nice layer down low, but when I would dig a hole, it would fill with water before I could find anything. I did see a cottonmouth, though, while I was there....
Its starting to look like a drought!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Earlier this week I spied some construction crews dredging out an old haunt of mine, and I just new that I had to get over and check it out. Well, today was a day off, so I made a beeline over and found that they really didn't do all that much. I did find one spot where they had exposed some layer, but there really weren't any good teeth there - only broken stuff. They bugs were getting bad, and this place reeked of sewage, so I took my excavations elsewhere. I went on down the road to the spot ...
Slim pickins at old haunts   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Its getting difficult to find places to hunt. The development we have been hitting has finished digging all the ponds they are going to dig, so we had to go to old spots today, and you can see why they are old spots. Slim pickins indeed! On the top of the photo in the middle there is a big chunk of whale tooth, and to the left a piece of petrified wood. The leftmost tooth of the second row is the best I found - a 1 3/4" mako. My pal, t moNeY, didn't do much better than I did. Cya next week!...
A sweet day walkin   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well, today I was all prepared to go diving. But the boat wouldn't start, and not to be defeated, my dad and I went walking. Like I said in my last report, there was a killer rain last night, and there were many places to walk. Its tough to decide, but I think we chose well. I found some beauties! In the middle row, left to right - a bottom row isurus hastalis 2 1/2" and long museum quality. It is white with pink and orange marbling. It was the second best tooth I found today. The second tooth i...
Almost a killer day   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
My friend and I kicked off the long weekend by diggin. We went to a few spots where we had heard that there was some pond construction happening, but all we found were already completed, so we couldn't dig them. We walked around, but since there hasn't been much rain lately, there really wasn't much to be found. I got a nice Isurus Desori (bottom left), but thats about it. On the bright side, after a nice rain, those places will be nice to walk. We finally went back to an old haunt and struck a ...
Meh (I said m...e…h…)   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today being Saturday, I of course went toothin. I checked out a new lead, and revisited an old haunt all for naught. Not wanting to end the day empty handed, my friend T Money and I went to the pond we found a couple weeks ago and did so well at. My finds for the day were modest - a 2 1/2" mako (lower left), and a decent ray plate were the best I found. T Money on the other hand, tore it up. He found 6 whole megs in his spot. Yes. I said 6. 5 were between 2 and 3 inches, but one was about 5 inch...
Better than last week   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I just couldn't stay away from the new pond I hit last week, and I did much better. What a shame that 6 1/4" half meg is! Its a lower tooth, and what's left is in fantastic condition. In the bottom photo are the best teeth I found. A great white, a mako, and a bottom row dusky. I earned these things, too. I have blisters on my hands and bug bites on my neck. But you know what? I still had a great time!...
I should have gone somewhere else…   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I got a hot lead on a new pond from a friend of mine (he found 3 megs there yesterday!) so I went to check it out. There was killer layer all over the place, but there were no teeth. In 3 hours of digging, this is all I found. The best tooth is the 2 1/2" angy and its not even that great. Maybe next week…...
Vive la Chandler Bridge!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
It rained like crazy last night and this morning, so I went out to walk the dirt piles at the new development today. There wasn't too much lying around, because we were beaten by about 50 other collectors I hear. That didn't hurt my determination, though. I still climbed up the huge mud hills searching. When I was about to give up, I spotted a pond I had never seen before. Upon arriving, I beheld the most fantastic layers I had ever seen. Almost textbook and THICK. The Wando was on top an...
Another killer day - 2 Megs!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I have just had super fortune lately. My son and I went walking at this construction site, and apparently it rained pretty heavily because the teeth were just lying everywhere. The finds of the day were the two megs in the first photo. The first one is a nice 4 1/4" lower tooth. The root is really thick, the bourlette is nearly complete, and there are even some serrations. The root is killer. The next tooth is a truly bizarre specimen - a pathologic meg. It grew all messed up in the shark...
A Megalodon!! Finally!!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I ran across a new pond being dug in Summerville, so I decided to check it out. I hadn't found a meg in months before today, but boy did I do well today! Two in the same day. Ok, so only one is a killer - I'm not complaining! All in all this pond turned out to be pretty productive. It was really hot though, so I didn't dig as long as I probably could have. No big deal, I probably couldn't have topped the 4 incher anyway....
The dry streak continues   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Another disappointing day today. Still no rain, so the ground was mega hard. I dug at another pond in the development today. Great layer, but no really nice teeth. I did find a large, chewed angy....
An arrowhead but not much else.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Not too much to be found today. First, I went to the ditch, and boy are they messing it up. They are filling in the sides, so I think that whenever it rains, a lot of silt will rinse into the bottom totally messing up the visibility. I really wish they would leave it alone....
Huge Angustidens   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I went digging again and had a pretty good day. Check out the massive angy! Even though its tipped (what a bummer!!) it is still 3 1/4" inches long and gorgeous! I found a few other smaller angys, too. Not a bad day all in all....
The dry streak ends   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Its been quite a while since I've had a fosslin' trip worth posting, but today it seems the dry streak has ended. I had the day off and started off the day not knowing where I would hunt - only that I wanted to find some teeth. I drove all around and just happened upon a guy digging a pond in a new development, and he was kind enough to let me dig where he wasn't working. I dug in the hot sun for 4 hours, but it was worth it! Along with the decent angys, I found a gorgeous Thresher, and you can ...
Giant Meg - shamer!!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Fossilin was not all that good today. We went to five different spots and couldn't really find enough stuff to justify staying in the same spot. Most of the stuff came from behind the ponds around where we went last week, but we also found some decent stuff at that ditch where I found the two megs in one day. My best find was the massive half meg - 6 1/4" long....
Giant Meg - shamer!!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Giant Meg - shamer!!
Giant Meg - shamer!!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Giant Meg - shamer!!
Massive Angustidens   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Fossilin was pretty good today. I left at like 6:30 in the morning to go out to the new spot, and the guys were working! I couldn't believe it. I thought I had arrived early anough to beat everyone, but NO! So we went back over to the other spot and dug for a while. I found a sweet 3 1/4" Angy. When I pulled it out I thought one of the cusps was missing and I was like what a shamer. When I cleaned it up, though, I looked at it a little closer and from the front it looks like the cusp is gone bec...
A cool day.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Last week was awesome - not because of what I found, but because of what happened. This kid that lives in my neighborhood asked me if I would take him toothin, and I said sure. I took him along and we went to one of the new neighborhoods. We dug for a little while but really didn't find much. We ran into this guy out there who works for the company who is building the neighborhood, and I hung with him almost all day. He was totally cool, and he was spending his day off out there digging for foss...
An ok day at one of the new ponds.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
There wasn't any new action where I went last week, so I decided to hit the spot I went a couple weeks ago. Not too bad for half a day!...
Mastodon Tooth from a new hole.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I went back to the place where John and I went a few weeks ago where I found the big angustidens tooth. They were digging some new sewage lines in the back, so I did some digging back there today. There was a really great layer there, all reworked though. I digged for about 3 hours, but didn't find any large teeth. I did come away with a nice great white, though. I also found a nice sized chunk of mastodon tooth - the biggest piece so far. Great colors, too....
Pretty teeth from the new pond   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
We went back to that pond we went to last weekend and dug all around its edges. Look at the killer colors in the teeth I found! I wish I could come away with a sixer from that place. Unfortunately, we won't be able to dig there anymore. They graded the pond, and the developers get really ticked off if you dig after they are finished with a pond. I'm happy with my finds, though. The bottom row mako is pretty sweet. The meg is pretty, too, and even though it is a little worn, it still made ...
Great teeth from a new pond   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today, I went digging with j of the golden shovel and mrs of the golden shovel. I took them to the Golf Course, and we dug the snot out of it and found SQUAT! So we went to another place and in 30 minutes of digging I came away with nearly every tooth in the picture. We should have gone there first. The colors on these teeth are just amazing.
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Killer day at the creek   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I also went digging because I just couldn't stop with my haul at the creek. I hoped for some more megs like last week, but it was not to be. One was close, but it was all dinged up on the root. The whale tooth wasn't bad. I can't be disappointed with the day overall, though!...
Two whole megs!!!!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

BOY - was I right about the new place! Check out the haul! The highlight are the two complete megs. They are beautiful, to say the least. I can't wait to go back. It's rare to find one whole meg in one day of digging, much less two. With all the other stuff I found, I'll bet that the next couple of trips to this place will be winners, too.

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I found a new place.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Today was my birthday, so I had the day off, and of course, I went digging. Went back to the same place as last week when I went with j of the golden shovel, but this week my luck stank. The first picture is all I found in 3 hours of digging there. j went, too, and true to form, found a gorgeous meg while we were there. He has a golden shovel, man. I'm gonna see if I can get a picture of this thing because it is one of the prettiest teeth I have ever seen.

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I found a new place.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

j had to leave the first spot early, so I decided to go look for a new place to hunt fossils with the remainder of my day. I found a new place and I walked all around it and found the stuff in the picture. The greatest thing about this new place is that noone else has been there before - no dig marks. Tomorrow I am going back to do some serious excavation. Based on the stuff I found walking, there has to be a stupid amount of stuff to be found digging.

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Another BIG Angustidens - What luck!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
My friend J of the Golden Shovel was kind enough to take me to a new spot up in Dorchester County today where they are in the process of digging a brand new pond. What a great guy he is! About 30 minutes into the dig, I pulled out this giant 3 3/4" angy. Ok - two weeks in a row now, I have found a really large Angustidens tooth. I have some kind of luck with these things, I guess. Its a beauty, too. All orange with serrations. Get this - I was digging right next to him, 3 feet away, and he pulls...
My first time at a concrete pit   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today was my first time going to a concrete pit. I got up at the crack of dawn to hit Blue Circle Cement. Most people that I talked to today said that pickings were slim, and my finds were no exception. The experience was cool, though, and I got a lot of walking in....
The dry streak finally ends!!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
It has been well over a month since I updated ye olde web page, and believe me, it hasn't been because of a lack of trying!! Toothin has been LOUSY lately. There has been little rain, so the spots that depend on water erosion to produce teeth have been stagnant, and the ground at all the other diggin spots has been super hard, so it is really hard to get the shovel in. And to top it all off, I have had a run of bad luck. Well, today that all changed. A friend scooped me in on a ditch that they j...
First good day at the Dank Mud Pit in a few weeks   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The dank mud pit has been most stingy lately. In three trips, this is all I found. It is a nice Angustidens, no argument there, but you had to see how much I had to sift to find this! Hundreds of pounds of rock and a major back-ache later, I have a nice tooth! My wife thinks I am insane but what's new??
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7 nice Angustidens from the Dank mud pit, one perfect   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I had another chance to go to the dank mud pit to go digging today. And what a day it was! The temp was like 75 and there was a nice breeze. I didn't sweat at all. And I racked up on the angustidens. 7 in all. The one in the center is stunningly beautiful and absolutely flawless. If you look closely, you can see it is jet black with a greyish marbling running all through the tooth. It still amazes me the differences in color that this site produces. This is currently without a doubt the best pla...
Ok stuff from the Dank mud pit   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Its been a while since I went digging, so I went back to the dank mud pit after work. I didn't hunt but for about an hour because the bugs got bad when it hit late evening. The best tooth I found today was the Isurus Retroflexus at lower right of the picture. Just like the other teeth I found at this location, this tooth is beautifully colored.
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Another successful trip to the dank mud pit   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
It was back to the dank mud pit this afternoon. It was so hot, that I was only able to dig for 2 1/2 hours. These two were the best I found. The Meg is exactly 3" long and has some peel on the lingual side. The labial side is gorgeous though! The Angustidens is phenomenal - it measures 1 15/16" long and is absolutely flawless. The tip is killer, both cusps are present, the bourlette is complete, and the serrations are perfectly preserved....
I can't believe my luck at this place.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
This evening after work, I just couldn't stay away from the mud pit. After finding such a rarity the other day, I figured I would try my chances in the same place. I found another big tooth there, albeit this one isn't a sixer - it measures in at 3 3/4", but it is in nearly flawless condition. This one is a lower and the root is awesome, the bourlette is 85% intact, and the only damage is some feeding damage to the tip. I am pleased. What they say is true - where you find one, you often find oth...
My best day digging EVER   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
This morning, I went to a couple of places. First, I checked out the pond where I found the Meg last week, but the developers dozed it all over, and since it hasn't rained lately, it was really pointless to look there. So I headed off to this little ditch near the pond and scoped it out. It looked pretty good, plus it was shaded, so I plan on going back there sometime to do some serious digging. But not today. Last week I planned on going to the old creek, but I didn't go because I found the new...
Awesome stuff from a new pond!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today, I was going to go digging at ye olde faithful toothing creek - the Ashley River feeder creek, but something told me to go scout around instead, and I sure am glad I did! I ran across a new pond that was just dug less than a month or so ago, and all the teeth are either whitish or orange in color. After a little digging around, I dug up these two teeth (along with many others, but these were the best). This pond cuts through the Ashley Formation, and no two sites from it will produce the s...
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