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* Smokejacks Quarry *

Sunday April 17, 2016 | 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Smokejacks Quarry.

The south east corner of the quarry, where both the juvenile Iguanodon and Baryonyx were found is shown in the picture below.

Smokejacks Quarry

This trip is being run as part of the Kent Geologists’ Group field programme for 2016. This Weald Clay brickpit has yielded a number of important finds over the past three decades. In 1983 Bill Walker, an amateur collector, found a new theropod dinosaur, Baryonyx walkeri, which proved to be crucial to the understanding of the spinosaurs, and on the Geologists’ Association fieldtrip to the site in July 2001 a well-preserved partial skeleton of a juvenile iguanodont (Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis) was discovered by Geoff Toye, and subsequently excavated by the Natural History Museum. The Mantellisaurus skeleton was from the same bed as Baryonyx, and two Baryonyx teeth were also recovered from the excavation, suggesting that it may have been scavenged by Baryonyx. The site is also known for the early flowering plant Bevhalstia pebja (published in 1996), remains of which can still be found. The concretions of sideritic ironstone and fine grained calcareous sandstone have also yielded numerous insect remains (10 orders) including many new species. Remains of dinosaur, fish, crocodile, molluscs and non-angiospermous plants (ferns and cycads) can also be found. Recent discoveries have included an arthropod trackway, the first from the Wealden, and new species of crustacean, scorpionfly, leafhopper and beetles. Pterosaur bones, dinosaur footprints and a small cone similar to the present day Sequoia have also been recovered. In 2005 a spectacular death-bed assemblage of teleost fish was found, which included the first articulated pycnodont fish from the Wealden. Also, in 2011 a vertebra and partial jaw of a frog were found, the first recorded from the Upper Weald Clay. During the 2015 field season a new species of spinicaudatan (clam shrimp) was discovered as well as a number of new beetles.

N.B. It is likely that parts of the pit will be flooded – please take care.

The site is now fully fenced and will close at 4.30 p.m.

Equipment: Hard hats and reflective jackets are compulsory. Eye protection, hammer, chisels, wrapping material for specimens, handlens and boots suitable for claypit. Packed lunch. Sun protection is advisable if it is a hot day, plus sufficient drink.

All attendees must familiarise themselves with this Risk Assessment – Smokejacks – 2016 KGG for the site, circulated with these details copies will be available on site.

Cost: There will be a small charge of £2 per person to cover administration for non-Kent Geologists’ Group members.

Further details will be sent to all those wishing to attend.

If you are members please fill out the Booking Form below if you wish to attend.

If you are members of the Stamford and District Geological Society then please use the booking form if you wish to go on any of our field trips. If you are non-members and wish to go on any field trips then please enrol for membership to the society before you do so.
Please let us know at least 10 days in advance so we can cater for numbers as this will be the ONLY WAY you will get registered as wishing to attend.

If your are non-members and would like to go then please sign up for Membership as soon as possible by contacting :
Ms Sheila Martin,
email : membership [at] stamfordgeolsoc.org.uk
Emails are not instant links, please replace the [at] with a @ when you type. This is for security.

Also ive included the membership form here for you:

This field trip can usually cater for 25 persons but maby a few more if demand is high.

The only way you can visit this working pit is with a geological society (such as the Stamford and District Geological Group), you will have a much higher chance of finding fossils and much better specimens.

The minimum age for access to the pit is 12 years of age under adult supervision but please check beforehand, the supervisor will also need to wear the appropriate safety gear.

Members should appreciate that they are responsible for their own safety.

When entering working quarries due to new strict guide lines regarding PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Field trip organisers will advise to all members attending the field trip beforehand on appropriate clothing and footwear for the locality, time of year and as recommended Orange Hi-Vis Vests.
Failure by participants to wear recommended clothing and equipment may lead to their exclusion from the meeting. The Stamford and District Geological Society does not automatically provide personal protective equipment.

The society’s insurance is against 3rd parties.

The SDGS has the right to cancel or reschedule a field trip with as much notice as possible. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all registered participants will be notified by email and offered to join alternative field trips. If a fossil hunt is cancelled on the day of the event due to unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather, SDGS will not be able to accept responsibility for any additional costs or inconvenience resulting from the cancellation.
You can cancel your place at any point before a fossil hunt, the more notice given the better, if possible.

We are in affiliation with UKfossils



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Sunday April 17, 2016
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Stamford and District Geological Society