THE MAYOR of Peterborough councillor Keith Sharp showed that he was not afraid to get his hands dirty during a fossil hunting excursion.
The trip, run by city-based amateur palaeontology group Fossils Galore, took enthusiasts to Ketton quarry, near Stamford.
It is a spot where prehistoric remains are clearly visible in the surrounding rock and according to Cllr Sharp the 18 people who took part discovered plenty of Jurassic marine life.
These included fossilised mussels and oysters, as well as some rarer finds such as fossilised sea urchins.
Cllr Sharp described the day as “very, very muddy” but “quite fascinating” and “good fun”.
He also said he had unearthed an ancient oyster that turned out to be 1.6 million years old.
After providing support to organiser Jamie Jordan, who set up Fossils Galore in 2003, Cllr Sharp was keen to see the project in action.
Jamie (21), from Werrington, Peterborough described the day as “really funny because everyone got stuck in the mud”.
The fossil hunts organised by Fossils Galore have attracted enthusiasts of all ages.
All are welcome to go along to the hunts but children who attend must be accompanied by an adult.
The next fossil hunting expedition will be to King’s Dyke Nature Reserve, off Peterborough Road, Whittlesey at 11am on March 19.
Tickets cost £3 for adults and £2.50 for children.
For more information or to book a place on the trip email the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07851 556544.