Tikal Project - 1951-1959

Category: Travelogue

Length: 31:58

Film ID F16-0726
Film Description Duplicate of F16-0705 (?)


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."
Video Category Travelogue
Topics Guatemala, Fieldwork, Uaxactum, Tikal, Antiquities, Maya antiquities, Coe, William R. II, Rainey, Froelich, Shook, Edwin M, Archaeological fieldwork, University Museum expeditions