University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Due to its inaccessible location in the jungles of the Petén, Guatemala, the great Maya city of Tikal was only briefly visited by explorers until the Museum organized a large-scale project of excavation and restoration with the assistance of the Guatemalan government. Beginning in 1956, under the successive leadership of Edwin Shook, Robert H. Dyson, Jr., and William R. Coe, archaeological investigations cleared many of the important buildings and revealed the dynastic, architectural, and settlement history of one of the most important Maya cities.


Number of Videos: 18

Tikal Project - 1957

Shotlist Smithe No. P4, 1957, 400 ft., 16 mm., color; a copy, 14 minutes. April 11—Guatemala's Pres. Armas arriving on plane & unloading at Tikal; (taken by Charlie Barr, 1957; a very short shot). March lO — Tikal arrivals (taken by FBS); The American School; The President's wife, Mrs. Armas & her party (in blue with white peaked cap); party supplies, setting up luncheon, close-up & telescopic views Mrs. Armas, Mrs, Carlos Ramirez, Mrs, Ramiro Gereda Asturias & others. Tikal, Guatemala, 1957 Views of Pyramid #5 from Building #14 (now #65); Views of Pyramid #1.from side; Views of Pyramid #1 from plaza; Views of Pyramid #1, bottom, center and top with Ray Paynter climbing. Main Plaza with Stela #10 and Bill Coe, Temple #3 (and roof— comb) Pyramid #2 March 17—Jaguar or large ocelot and hunter, and Ed Shook, and Ramiro Gereda Asturias, and hunter again. Ray Paynter and Frank Smithe start (duplicated in 2 routines) from their outdoor laboratory on a collecting hunt. Ray Paynter alone. "Charlie" Barr and his camera. March 26—Frank Smithe & Marquez at work preparing bird skins; Bat Falcon— Roadside Hawk—Wood-quail—Trogon—Squirrel Cuckoo—Kiskadee— Toucan—Painted Bunting—Scaled Pigeon—etc—(George Helton's "red" reel). March 20—Dr. Fernando Aldana treating workers at Tikal Camp. March 20—Departure Dr Fernando Aldana, Ray Paynter, Col0 Asturias0 Visitors Mr, & Mrs Morgan & son, Ed Shook, Vivian Broman at Group E. Series of Bill Coe and Vivian Broman excavating at site of small Pyramid at 7F30 and broken Stela #23, Three lenses used in this sequence, including telephoto 3, and a wide angle lens. Bill Coe getting haircut (courtesy Vivian Broman), Dr. Froelich Rainey and Frank B, Smithe examine black and white owl, 21 March 1957 Dr. Froelich Rainey, Henry Gross the famous "water-dowser", Ed Shook, Jim Hazard, on water searching project; Kenneth Roberts recommended Gross highly, March --Setting up drill, short sequence: (see separate reel No. 4x, 100 ft,, for full drilling pic.) for start of (second or 3rd?z hole in search for water; location chosen by H, Gross, Unloading large sawmill parts. The limestone quarry. Miscellaneous of Aguada Tikal after cut down of brush & before burning. on & after 8 April; and Tikal Camp scenes. Two early morning fog and overcast scenes. Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: silent, color All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain

Time: 00:19:29
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Tikal Project - 1957 #2

Shotlist: Guatemala -- Tikal Unedited or partially edited footage Froelich Rainey and Henry Gross (Dowser) in jungle Unloading of planes Building well (?) Playing soccer (football) Gernal set-up All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain

Time: 00:18:36
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Tikal Project - 1956-1962 Tikal Pyramids

Edited footage with introduction title: "Pyramid and jungle views from Pyramid #4, #1 and #2 center, and #3 to right" Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: silent, color All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain

Time: 00:19:52
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Tikal Project - 1956-1957 Tikal Early Pyramids

Edited footage with narrative titles 2nd Tikal "Twin pyramid complex of stela(?) 22 Altar 10 - Tour visit to it when finished" All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain

Time: 00:16:18
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Tikal Project - 1956

Edited footagewith narrative titles Tikal, Guatemala Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: sound, silent All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain

Time: 00:18:35
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Tikal Project - 1956

Edited film of Tikal Project (with some footage of Copan, Honduras 1948 in beginning) Tikal Project start Kitchen, cottages, staff, spider monkey pets, etc. (no pyramids) Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: silent, color All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain

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Tikal Project - 1951-1959

Duplicate of F16-0705 (?)

Shotlist

From early cataloging notes: “Our first view of the temples of Tikal, still raising their heads above the jungle after two thousand years. Uaxactum, from where we start our mule trip into the ruins. Chicle camps on way to ruins, the last where we spent two nights. View of Temple No. 1 taken from Temple No. 2. Stelae No. 9, 10 and 11, and altars found in this area. Temples No. 2, 3 and 4 taken from No. 1. Then No. 2 from path. Carvings on rear wall of Palace of 5 Stories and doorways in Palace of 2 Stories. Temple No. 5 taken from Palace of 2 Stories and back through the jungle to our porch and pigs.” [6:13-23:40] EXACT FOOTAGE from Tikal 1957 (whole film) Felling a tree. Digging around some stones (white people) sorting through pottery fragments; feeding chickens. Man with what looks like surveying equipment. Spider monkeys. Cleaning a stela. Short shot of airplane arriving. Two men examining dead bird with blue neck and head. Shot of stella. People, including women, arriving. Stella with lots of glyphs and pictures on it. People arriving on an airplane. Laborers burning brush. People departing. Digging in a quarry. Clearing small brush; Filling canisters with water. [17:43] Dr. Froelioh Rainey, Henry Gross the famous "water-dowser", Ed Shook, Jim Hazard, on water searching project; Kenneth Roberts recommended Gross highly Grinding meal and making tortillas. Climbing down the sheer side of a temple by ropes. Sawing up logs. Burning brush. Men having a picnic lunch. [23:40] Visitors getting off a plane, then shots of them inside the plane. View of mountains from inside plane. Men in carpentry workshop. Man posing by cut logs. More carpentry. Children outside huts. View of a pyramid. More pyramids."

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Tikal Project - 1951-1959

Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: silent, color All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.

Time: 00:19:40
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Tikal Project - 1967

Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: silent, color Shotlist Unedited footage Roping and start consolidation Caldera New quarry Two old quarries Ventilation and burial All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.

Time: 00:17:23
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Tikal Project - 1960 WWL TV Footage

Interview with Ed Shook (?) possibly for WWL TV in New Orleans, LA, USA Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: sound, b&w All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain

Time: 00:08:52
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Tikal Project - 1960 #2

Unedited or partially edited footage. Guatemala -- Tikal. Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: silent, color All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu.

Time: 00:19:07
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Tikal Project - 1960 #1

Unedited or partially edited footage. Guatemala -- Tikal Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: silent, color Shotlist Airplane landing. People walking up a dusty road and into a building. People washing dishes. Sunset. Road in the forest. Driving up to a pyramid and entering the tunnel below the stairs. Men throwing dirt off the top of a pyramid. Digging a tunnel. More throwing dirt off the pyramid. Laborers around the pyramids. Scaffolding around pyramids. Man drawing on graph paper. Children playing then posing (Boy and two smaller girls). Women and group of children [11:08] Man working with papers at a desk. Group of children sitting on a log. Carpentry shop. Forest. Smaller pyramid with scaffolding around it. Woman in a shop drawing [16:20] Cleaning potsherds. Box of artifacts, including jade. More artifacts and drawings of artifacts. Plane departing. All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu.

Time: 00:20:42
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Tikal Project - 1959 #2

Shotlist: Smithe No. 7. 1959 400', 16mm color, copy, 14:00 Freeze frames of Tono Ortiz and his Hotel Posada de la Selva, and little dog Perla, about June 22nd. Building the new bar and recreation building, with Tono checking on the work. 3 or 4 views. Tikal workers quitting work and loading on to truck at the Great Plaza. Rain figures of workers at lunch time. Long tables and outdoor (meal) about June 14th. Leaving camp for work after lunch about May 10th. Football practice, general views and some close up views (about June 14th) Bob Carr and Felipe surveying for new houses at House Mounds, with Saw-Mill to North of them, Pancho and Ramon cleaning brush in this area, (about June 1st). The Tikal Airport Bodega and shacks, May llth Tourists arrive at Tikal, and Nettie (Benedicta) Levine, and Bill Havilland depart, ;with Mary Ricketson, a Priest (black robe and red sash), Mosiah, Edgard Jenneau (movie director talking with Priest), Vivian Broman, (Mrs. Morales), George Guillemin, Tono Ortiz seeing them off,May 13 Police Captain Marroquin escorting a group of young "Chapinas" (High School Girls?) returning from a tour of the ruins; colorful youngsters (note policemen) May 17 Ed Shook and Mary Ricketson and others departing, (same day as visit by President Ydigoras), with Stuart Scott, Vivian Broman, Bob Carr, George Guillemin and Tono Ortiz to see them off„ Plane takes off in dust and big wind, leaving the Bodega and shacks behind. A second plane takes off. What the tourists see: Ann Chowning at work on House Mounds, Burial 20 with skeleton, Burial 21 with Pottery. Rudy Buse, grandson of Dr. Kidder, watches her work, Philip Auerbach lectures a group of Tourists at the House Moundst (Note bad "ghosting" and use of freeze frames) Norman Johnston at Pyramid Temple II, on platform, copying the sculptures' masks in detail, using a grid to eliminate perspective, Scenes—Cibal Aguada and the camp. Marquez on a trail. Marquez at the big Ceiba tree. Cat?-Pacaya berries. Red and yellow berries of the spiny Bayal palm vine Same with Marquez End of Reel P 7. Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: silent, color All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu.

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Tikal Project - 1959 #1

Shotlist: P 6 Tikal 1959 400' 16mm color, copy 14:00 April 28 Betty Smithe at Stela 10, Great Plaza. Satterthwaite at Stela 4. Three views of Pyramid I, with Betty on structural stairway in blue. Telephoto of Temple 1 doorway. Views from top of Pyramid 39 to I and to Plaza to small pyramids including 34 and Temple II. Bill Coe at Great Plaza stairway. (May 2 or 3) At work on Stela 5, with tripod and block and fall, anc. with George Guillemin. General view of Plaza and Temple I (about May 5)» Bill Coe & George Guillemin turning over the Stela 3, with laborers. Close up of Stela 28 alone. Stela 15, with Satterthwaite recording glyphs and Guillemin repairing it. Satterthwaite, about May 3, at Altar 7 (?), in front of Pyramid 32. Loading fragments on truck for safekeeping at Bodega or storage-house. Note April 28 again June 6 June 21 Pyramid Structure 4E 36 Q complex Group, being rebuilt. West stairway and facades. Short shot of intermediate building 4E37. Marquez & F.B0S. at Pyramid 78 Same structure after collapse following very heavy rains camera trouble and " freeze frames View of Small Pyramid 34. Another view of 34. Men digging tunnel into 34 towards Burial Chamber. Ed Shook leaving the tunnel followed by Stuart Scott. Ed & Stuart Studying and conferring re work on this area. Miscellaneous work at the area, much dirt. View of trench through pyramid 34. June Stuart Scott at Burial 10 below Pyramid 34, showing part of exposed 1st skeleton and pink Spondylus shells from Gulf of Mexico and polished green jade beads. "Freeze frames", one including laborer Juan. Views showing partly "exposed pottery (see Life Magazine Oct. 26, 1959), Right to left, black cylinder with cover tipped, stucco cylinder, stucco bird with snake in bill and straddling a couch shell, stucco cylinder with cover, and further left part of the main skeleton with • beads and shells. Cleaning potsherds at camp. Ceramics from Burial 9 (near the oldest Stela 29). Set up on board near the Cibal Aguada. Steadily closer views, then details of large incised cylinder #52, Incensario Cover #20, Incensario Bowl #15, Olla #29 and other ceramics. Detail of Olla 29 and Cylinder 25 with basal "screwhead" border, and another including Incised cylinder #52. Closeup of cylinder 52 showing Pyramid, steps,.Temple with a figure in it, Priest figure on temple steps and another plumed figure facing him. This cylinder was piano relief , about a foot and one half in diameter. The design repeated three times around the outer surface with with some variations and with some portions missing. A mano and metate (a roller and grinding plate for grinding corn) with Norman Johnston's hands demonstrating action and fit Jade mosaic mask from Temple 34_ (again with Norman Johnston's hands). Ceramics from Temple 34 Burial 10.(See Life Magazine 10/26/1959). Two black cylinders with covers and hand figures. 1 of these alone. Stucco bowl with cover Two stucco cylinders with covers and bird figures. Earplug. A stucco bird figure with snake in bill, straddling a conch shell, shown in five freeze frame positions and held by Keith Dixon. All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu.

Time: 00:19:26
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Tikal Project - 1957

Duplicate of other Tikal footage (?) Unedited footage

Shotlist

William Cox II (1926-2009) Bill Coe, using a plane-table alidade. Baby monkeys Froelich Rainey (1907-1992), standing with Edwin M. Shook(1911-2000), and a man holding a dowser(looking for water) Felling a tree; Digging around some stones; Sorting through pottery fragments; Feeding chickens. Man with what looks like surveying equipment. Spider monkeys. Cleaning a stela. Short shot of airplane arriving. Two men examining dead bird with blue neck and head. Shot of stella. People, including women, arriving at the site. Stela with lots of glyphs and pictures on it. People arriving on an airplane. Laborers burning brush. People departing. Digging in a quarry. Clearing small brush [10:45] Filling canisters with water. Water dowser [12:06] Dr. Froelioh Rainey, Henry Gross the famous "water-dowser", Ed Shook, Jim Hazard, on water searching project; Kenneth Roberts recommended Gross highly. Grinding meal and making tortillas. Climbing down the sheer side of a temple by ropes. Sawing up logs. Burning brush. Workers having a picnic lunch.

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Tikal Project - 1967 Bodega and Misc.

Producer: Tikal Project Audio/Visual: silent, color Keywords: Field work; Tikal; Guatemala Shotlist: Unedited footage Airstrips and Bodega tourists Ann Chowning Norman Johnson Plane departures This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.

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Tikal Project -1959

All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@museum.upenn.edu

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Tikal Project - 1958

Smithe No.P5, Feb., Mar. 1958, 420 ft,, 16 mm. color; copy, 13 minutes. Reel P5—Tikal—Feb., March 1958. Bert Noble's private plane, flown from California to Tikal. Vivian Broman & Olga Hazard. Vivian Broman. Bert Noble and George Guillemen0 Bert & Vivian. Jane Adams & Olga, then Olga & Jim Hazard. Cibal Aguada—Camp Tikal—American Egret0 Workmen returning to Camp from Ruins, Plane Table Survey—Jim Hazard and men. Newton Le Vine on Stairway—Pyramid #1—note chain-cable0 Pyramid #1, #33 and #32 vista, with workmen,, Worker details. Cleaning Pyramid #1—telescopic view near stairway.' Cleaning Pyramid #1— at N.W. corner. Bill Coe working at Pyramid #33. Broad stairway, Great Plaza up to North Temple area. Richard Adams at Plaza Stairway to Terrace. Worker details at stelae in Plaza. Worker details at Plaza Stairway. Worker at Pyramid 34--Note Chinese-like face. Ed Shook and Tono Ortiz, Pyrmid #3 and Stela #26, the so-called Red Stela. Worker detail—shoveling over his head. Clearing and burning back of Pyramid 34 Tono Ortiz and 2 children (Rufino & Jose Antonio Ortiz)at Stelae #1 & 2, Pyramid 36. Detail of Stela #1, Pyramid 36. (Rick?) Wurmer at his find of the 3 Stelae & Altars in Jungle. Wurmer & FBS at 2 more, (find of Jane Adams). George Guillemin & workers at Stelae of Group "E"—note. tripod and heavy block-and-fall rigging, also method of clamping with steel and wood clamp George gluing up a broken Stela at Group "E" Two Sculptured Stelae, #9 and #10, in daylight. Stela #9 in artificial light at night. Pyramid #1, East end of 350 ft. Plaza. Pyramid #1, 1, with panning to 32 and 33 to left, Pyramid 34—North of Plaza, Pyramid 35—North of Plaza, Pyramid #2 (West end of Plaza). Pyramid #2 with Wurman and Newton, Pyramid 2 showing trees still to top of roof-comb, # 2, Tree detail,, 2 Temple and earplug mask on roof-comb. Detail of roof Comb, Temple #2 Detail of roof Comb, Temple #2 Detail of roof Comb, Temple #2 Eccentric Flints—in group under Tripod.' Eccentric Flints individual pieces (& 2 of volcanic glass), Eccentric Flints in group. All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304

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