It’s not difficult to find fossils in Iwamura. The soil is mostly red clay. Under a metre or two of that there’s a chalky layer, and wherever it’s exposed you can find fossils. I know a river not far from here that has a fossil layer about 17 million years old. Maybe the layer in Iwamura is a similar age.

We’re at an altitude of about 550 metres. The land must have risen quickly, since it looks like the rock has had very little time to compact. You can easily break it open with your hands. Get it wet and it crumbles. Apparently it’s rich in minerals and in places is quarried as a fertiliser.

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Progress on the project is glacial, so here’s a picture. There’s lots to point the camera at in Iwamura.

I suspect this couple have shared the same shop window since the seventies, and have the scars to prove it – both physical and emotional by the look of it.

I love this photo. It was the middle of the night. What on earth was going on before I turned the corner?