1956 Tikal

Category: Expedition & Excavation Footage

Length: 18:36

Film ID F16-0474
Film Description Edited footage
with narrative titles
Tikal, Guatemala


“The Tikal Project, in the Department of El Peten, Guatemala, C. A., under the auspices of the Government of Guatemala and the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, began work on the reconstruction and consolidation of the ancient Maya City of Tikal in January 1956. The operation in the field is being directed by Edwin M. Shook.
This short film shows the Working Camp, the five large Pyramids rising from the Peten Jungle, and a fine carved Stele #22 with its carved Altar, newly discovered March 29, 1956.
The New Camps at Sibal Aguada
Carpenter Shop
Thatching a new camp building, Dr. Edwin Shook and Carlos Castaneda inspect the job.
Juan Perrara, in charge of Commissary
Mrs. Perrara, his wife and chief cook
The Waterboy
The archaeologists’ open air quarters
Carlos Castaneda
The Spider Monkey
Going to the Tikal Ruins
Pyramid and Jungle Views from Pyramid #4 Pyramid #1 and 2 center, #3 to right
Telescopic views from Pyramid #4, about 229 feet original height. To Pyramids #1 and 2, about 150 feet original height.
To Pyramid #3, about 178 feet original height.
To Pyramid #5, about 188 feet original height.
Pyramid #1, view from the Plaza area. Notice rope to aid climing [sic] steep Pyramid staircase rubble
Views from Pyramid #1, To Pyramid #2 center, #4 to right, #3 to left
To Pyramid #3 (upper area is a “roof comb” on top of the Temple)
Irving Contrall collecting insects at ruined walls surrounding the newly discovered Stele #22 and its Altar. Found March 29, 1956.
Date of the erection of this fine Mayan monument is Jan. 22, 771 A.D. It is nearly 1,200 years old and in very good condition.
Cleaning the Stele - Ed Shook and Paul Basch
Cleaning the Altar - Frank Smithe”
Video Category Expedition & Excavation Footage
Topics Tikal, Guatemala, Antiquities, Maya antiquities, Coe, William R. II, Shook, Edwin M, Archaeological fieldwork, Fieldwork, University Museum expeditions, Contrall, Irving, Smithe, Frank, Basch, Paul