This focuses on the conduction of the annual Messel-excavation and the preparation of the resulting fossils. This also encompasses the conservation and renovation of the historical Messel-collection – especially with respect to the crocodile fossils. Of high significance for the daily work is the preparation of objects for the important collection as well as for the permanent exhibition and special exhibitions.
The geological preparation employs two preparators and one technical assistant. Two interns from the International Youth Service complete an annual internship in historic preservation at the World Heritage Site “Grube Messel”.