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JULY 22, 2000enlarge
Junior Paleontologists Makerah and Tim at work excavating the JP Site (a completed plaster jacket is visible at Makerah's feet).

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"Plaster is much stronger if burlap is dipped in it and then wrapped around the bone.  The plaster and burlap, however, cannot be placed directly on the bone because it would be very difficult to remove the jacket later.  A separator, like paper, is used to cover the bone before the plaster-dipped burlap is applied. Once the plaster dries, the jacket can be labeled with a permanent marker."

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