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Teresa Nielsen Hayden
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The very best kind of rock shop. It could use a good dusting, and the labels on the rough outside have weathered into illegibility, but the guy there genuinely loves rocks and fossils. There was a rock-happy kid in the shop when I arrived who had to look at ALL the specimens, and the owner was wonderfully patient and encouraging with him. In my case, he very kindly wrote out the full provenance of all the unlabeled fossils I'd bought, and came up on the spot with an opinion on how ammonites taste ("like squid"). He knows his stuff. The shop has plenty of fun, inexpensive specimens for people who are new to rocks and fossils, and they're all the real thing, undyed and undoctored. The higher-end mineral specimens are remarkable. (A couple of them are going to haunt me.) The best fossils and antiquities are in the back room. Not all of the artifacts have full provenance (not unusual), but where it's known it's given in detail. What kind of stuff they have there: a couple of nice Mesoamerican figural pots, some everyday Roman and later bits (fibulae, iron nails from Inchtuthil), interesting scraps of Inca textiles, various Egyptian tools, a lot of old glass beverage bottles, and plenty of other bits and bobs. I loved it. I'd go back there in a flash. Highly recommended.
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reviewed a year ago
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