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Ken Orr's Footage of Arachaeological Field Work, Starved Rock, Illinois ca. 1949

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Orr, Kenneth G  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video cassette (13 minutes) silent b&w 1/2 inch
master one video cassette (13 minutes) silent b&w BetacamSP
archival original one film reel (451 feet) silent b&w 16mm
Motion pictures (visual works)
United States
ca 1949
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)---archival collection
Dr. Kenneth Orr was a British archaeologist who worked extensively in Burma and taught at the Unversity of Chicago.
Donated by Phoebe Morrison Pugh in 2001
Footage shot by archaeologist Kenneth Orr of an archaeology excavation conducted in Starved Rock State Park, Illinois as a joint Illinois State Museum and the Unversity of Chicago. Location had been occupied by American Indians for hundreds of years and was the site of the 17th French Fort St. Louis. Film opens with brief shots of picnickers (including African Americans) in the park over looking the Illinois River and the Illinois River and dam. Footage of the archeological excavation opens with the sign: "Illinois State Museum and University of Chicago Archaeological Excavations" and shows various shots of shoveling and then focuses on the work and life of the students participating in the dig. Shown are students in a University of Chicago pick-up truck, line of multiple shovels, other tools used in excavating, scenes inside shed where students are categorizing and labelling artifacts and preparing paper documentation, scenes of camp, young woman entering a dressing room constructed of canvas who emerges dressed in swimming gear, men grooming including showering in makeshift shower, eating a meal in the dining tent and a young man and woman exiting and kissing for camera. Footage ends with more digging in the excavation.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
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Local number:
HSFA 2001.8.2
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives