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Fossil Display: Miocene Period

The Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society is pleased to have on display a collection of fossilized bones and shells on loan by a local resident.

Along the shores of the Piankatank River, near the site of an 1800’s trash dump, is a Miocene layer of soil. Within this site, fossilized bone fragments emerge along with bottles and shells, and small whole scallop shells from the Rappahannock River along with a clam casement are found.  A natural  Gypsum Crystal  “Desert Rose,” fossilized horse teeth, a portion of a whale flipper  and other “finds” surface.

Interested in learning more about these finds or seeing them for yourself?The museum welcomes your visit on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.

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