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Excavations at Broken Flute Cave, Arizona and La Plata District, New Mexico ca. 1930s

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Physical description:
archival original/preservation 1 film reel (800 ft) sil. b&w 16mm
master 1 video cassette (13 min.) sil. b&w 3/4 inch
reference 1 video cassette (13 min.) sil. b&w 3/4 inch
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
ca 1930s
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
Footage documenting two archaeological excavations at Anasazi sites in the American Southwest conducted by Earl H. Morris, University of Colorado. Broken Flute Cave, in Eastern Arizona, is thought to have been occupied from Basket Maker III culture through early Pueblo culture. Tree ring dating has revealed dates for the latter half of the AD 600s. Shown in the film are the excavated remains of pueblos and circular cliffside dwellings, as well as cultural materials. Included in these are the site's namesake, a broken wood or bone flute, as well as possible preserved organic material. The film dedicates a greater amount of time to the site of La Plata, in Northwest New Mexico. This film contains footage of the excavation of multiple kivas and pueblos, several human burial sites, typical black on white ceramics characteristic of the Pueblo III (Mesa Verde) period, corrugated wares representing different stages in Pueblo ceramic industry, and excavation techniques. La Plata is thought to have been occupied from Basket Maker III culture through Pueblo III, however much of the material remains captured in the film represent this later period.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Local number:
HSFA 1987.5.1
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives