Alan Grant held an excavation in Montana that was funded by John Hammond. He was assisted by Ellie Sattler, as well as several paleontological dig volunteers. The dig area was large, with a base camp and helicopter landing pads designated in the area. The terrain of the dig site was a rocky and canyon-like area, which required jeeps to navigate through.
The site centered around a few ongoing fossil excavations, including a Tenotosaurus, and a Velociraptor, which were both partially complete. In uncovering the fossils, the paleontologists used digging tools such as brushes and picks to chip away at the delicate fossils from the rock matrix. For fossils that were more delicate, they used a imaging system with the use of a ‘thumper,’ which shot a radar pellet into the ground, which would be picked up by the computer at the base.
The base camp was designated by a series of tents, in which several important pieces of equipment including the computers were stored. They housed several barrels, and generators to help run the computers and other electrical equipment. At the base camp, was a mobile trailer which served a dual function also as a laboratory for the scientists.