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Excavations at Canyon Del Muerto, Arizona and Durango Caves, Durango, Colorado ca. 1939

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Physical description:
archival original/preservation 1 film reel (100 ft.) sil. col. 16mm
master 1 video cassette (3 min.) sil. col. 3/4 inch
reference 1 video cassette (3 min.) sil. col. 3/4 inch
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
ca 1939
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
Footage documenting archaeological sites representing Anasazi occupation in the American Southwest. Included is film of the excavation of settlement sites by Earl H. Morris in Hidden Valley, near Durango, Colorado. Film of the site is very brief, however, evidence has revealed occupation dates from the AD 700s. Basket Maker III occupation of the site was characterized by isolated pit houses and surface granaries, the excavation of one such unit being visible in the film. The footage also captures archaeological sites, however not excavations, at the Canyon del Muerto, in Southeast Arizona. Documented are dozens of petroglyphs representing animal forms as well as geometric designs. In addition, the Mummy Cave Tower is also visible in the film, notable because of E. Morris' discovery of prayer sticks embedded in the adobe walls of the structure. Interpretation has suggested initial occupation from Basket Maker II & III on through Pueblo III.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Local number:
HSFA 1987.5.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives OK:0, G:0, G:2
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives