Friday, 3rd October 2003
Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
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I'm diving into my own past;
I was last in Lincoln, just for the day, in 1979. I spent the day
drawing fossils in the walls of the cathedral for a book I was working
on so I decide to do the same today. The cathedral was rebuilt in
medieval gothic but a lot of the original Romanesque is still visible.
In the grounds of the hotel opposite there are parts of a Roman
gateway and a length of Roman wall.
But the fossils take us back
a whole lot deeper in time. This oolitic limestone block was a part
of the sea bed some 150 million years ago. It gives a cross section
of the seabed of that time. There are patches of shelly debris and
what appear to me to be traces of burrows going down to the lower
left and right.
There will be more to follow
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