National Geographic- Smithsonian archeological expedition to Costa Rica, 1964 Search this
February 23-May, 15, 1964
Scope and Contents:
Includes report (56 pages); list of plates (56 pages); electrostatic copy of field journal (42 pages); field notebook (38 pages) sketch maps, "Archeological areas worked by the expedition" and "Rough sketch map of Williamsburg area" (2 pages); and 164 photos with 2 pages of notes. Concerns Williamsburg, Palmar (Diquis Delta), La Peninsula, and Bagares areas.
Photographs depicting archeological work at the Barriles site, sculptures and ceramics from the site, and a nearby location described as "Pablo Brackney's place, Palosanto."
Richard Hewett Stewart (1901-2004) began working for the National Geographic Society as a photo lab technician in 1924. Ten years later, he joined Matthew Stirling's archeological team to photograph and, to a lesser extent, film the team's eight expeditions to Veracruz and Tabasco (1939-1946). As a result, Stewart's photographs illustrated all of National Geographic articles about the Olmec excavations carried out by the Smithsonian. Stewart again joined Stirling for the 1948-1949 archaeological expedition to Panama, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot R98-30
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Artifacts collected by the expedition held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accession 364365.
Footage of the expedition, made by Stewart, held in the Human Studies Film Archives in HSFA 87.8.1.
Additional photographs and footage by Stewart held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 24 and in Human Studies Film Archives HSFA 91.16.4.
Donated by the National Geographic Society through Susan Crawford to the Department of Anthropology in 1985 with accession 364365. Transferred to the National Anthropological Archives, 1998.
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