Nippur, Part III


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Film Id:F16-0555
Film Description:Unedited. Excavation footage in desert environment [1951-1952]

Previously misidentified as Tell Billa, Iraq, now correctly identified as Nippur, Iraq by Dr. Eleanor Robson of the University College, London.
Dr. Robeson also notes that a coffin which is seen at 2:17 matched closely one in the Museum's collections http://www.penn.museum/collections/object/355818
This mid 20th century phase of the dig was led by the expedition team follows: Field Director: Dr. Donald McCown, Associate Professor of Archaeology of the Oriental Institute Assistant Field Director and Epigrapher: Dr. Francis R. Steele, Assistant Curator of the Babylonian section of the University Museum Anthropologist: Dr. Carleton S. Coon, Curator of Ethnology, University Museum Archaeology Architect: Mr. Joseph Caldwell, Junior Archaeologist of the Smithsonian Institution. Mrs. McCown acted as registrar and housekeeper. Mrs. Coon helped Mr. Coon and drew pictures of finds. Seyyid Fuad Safar joined as archaeologist of the Directorate General of Antiquities.

Local fieldworkers dashing from the site
A dance by Iraqi men, fieldworkers, in a group. A celebration.
An archaeologist (still to be identified) in pith helmet measuring the depth of a stone vessel or architectural element recently unearthed.
Making notes and measurements.
Overall view of the pits and trenches of the site.
Landscape views
Careful brushing of a find by a worker.
Removal of objects by archaeologist
A box of finds, (CU) including a tablet with cuneiform carving.
A young girl, possibly related to the archaeology team. being shown a find at the site by a leader of the team.
A woman, likely Mrs. McCowan or Mrs. Coon, examining the architecture of the site's walls.
Video Category:Expedition & Excavation Footage
Topics:Fieldwork, Archaeological fieldwork, Nippur, Bashiqa, Iraq, Babylonian civilization, Dance, Dancing, University Museum expeditions
Tags: Archaeological fieldwork | Dancing | Fieldwork | Iraq | Nippur | University Museum expeditions
Rights: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@pennmuseum.org.

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