1959 Tikal Reel 2 of 3

Category: Expedition & Excavation Footage

Length: 19:22

Film ID F16-0482
Film Description Unedited footage


Smithe No. 7. 1959 400’, 16mm color, copy, 14:00 Unedited footage. Guatemala -- Tikal P7

From early cataloging:

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.
Video Category Expedition & Excavation Footage
Topics Tikal, Antiquities, Maya antiquities, Archaeological fieldwork, University Museum expeditions