You note that gallstones are preserved in a dry environment and I am
wondering how then it could produce salts with no moisture present? You
say "they were" growing salts when excavated so I presume it was not
during the preservation process ?
>Gallstones are certainly preserved in a dry environment. One of my more
>bizarre conservation tasks while working in the Wellcome Historical Museum
>was to preserve the large gallstones which had been lifted with the central
>part of a skeleton in a soil block. The block had been excavated until the
>gallstones were exposed on the surface and they were growing salts like no
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>>> When people have to go, they have to go, and occasionally there must be
>>> odd gallstone. So, I would assume the number of visitors is proportional
>>> the number of Gallstones (if they are preserved).
>> Michael wins the prize for 'surreal message of the week'.