Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hima and Saipan Spondylus


The above sliced hima was obtained on-line. This is to illustrate a fossilized giant clam shell. According to the site, if I am not mistaken, this hima is about 800,000 years old and it lived to be thirty years old in its natural biological life. Notice that the color is no longer white but a shade of caramel with outstanding grain display.





The above sliced hima was found right here on Sa'ipan. This too, is a very old hima clam shell. If carbon dated, I have a good feeling it might be over a thousand years since its death. This is about 7 inches in length.  





Sa'ipan Spondylus (Complete Half)

FIGO

5 comments:

  1. Pretty Awesome. Question: How do you make the initial slices? Do you use a bandsaw? Looks like it would need to be a pretty beefy saw.

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  2. Hafa Adai ChamoruBoy,

    Basically, I use a Diamond Wet Cutter. However, I have some of my improvised cutters that I somewhat either converted or altered.

    Saian Ma'ase for dropping by,

    FIGO

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  3. I have a question. could you tell from a picture an idea of a date of a lightning conch,
    thanks, damion

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  4. Damion,

    I am not following your question. Please be more specific. Saina Ma'ase,

    FIGO

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  5. New to shells....where can I find a few pieces of spondylus?
    Thanks

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