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avatar Weston meteorite, Weston, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USA
March 02, 2012 11:57PM
What is the mindat method for listing meteorite finds?
I've just added much detail to this existing page [www.mindat.org]
The problem is that while this famous 1807 fall is always referred to as "Weston", none of the identified sites within the strewn field are in the current town of Weston. The town was subdivided after 1807, so the sites are now in Easton, Trumbull and Fairfield. Should a mindat page be established for each site, or should the Weston level of hierarchy be removed and list the fall under the Fairfield county level? I think the latter is more appropriate, but it would be more difficult to place coordinates for each site. Or does mindat typically place coordinates for the center of strewn fields? I could see where in a case where tens, hundreds or thousands of fragments are found for a particular fall of find it would be silly to create a site for each one, with its own coordinates.
Re: Weston meteorite, Weston, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USA
March 03, 2012 03:08PM

This is an unusual one. Please review the file to see how I handled it.

avatar Re: Weston meteorite, Weston, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USA
March 03, 2012 03:43PM
Hi Chet:
OK, but Weston still exists, it's just not as big as it used to be when the fall happened. Originally Easton and Weston were part of Fairfield which split off as North Fairfield in 1787, then Weston and Easton split in 1845. Trumbull was already a town in 1797, it was not created from any part of Weston, Easton, or Fairfield.
So perhaps the note should read:

NOTE: Most of the fragments of this meteorite were found within the boundaries of the modern town of Easton, which was the eastern part of the town of Weston until 1845, when it became a separate town. Other finds are in the towns of Trumbull and Fairfield, which were already separate towns in 1807.

If only strewn fields were smaller! winking smiley

Re: Weston meteorite, Weston, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USA
March 03, 2012 11:54PM
Got it! Will enter that note.
avatar Re: Weston meteorite, Weston, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USA
March 04, 2012 04:08AM
Great, thanks!

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