Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the Gus Van Beek films of Smithsonian Institution excavations at Tel Jemmeh, Israel, 1970-1973

Collection ID:
Van Beek, Gus W. (Gus Willard), 1922-
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
Film reels
2 hours
color silent; 3000 feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage shot of excavations at Tel Jemmeh, Israel. Excavation site is located on the ancient border between Israel and Egypt and was occupied chiefly from 1700 B.C. to 200 B.C. by Canaanites, Philistines, Assyrians, Persians, and Ptolemies of Egypt. Series of large mud brick storage chambers, built by the Ptolemaic government as tax collecting centers, with silos more than six meters in diameter for collecting wheat and barley, and smaller structures for wine are excavated. Footage includes organization of the excavation as well as preparation of the contour plan of the site.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.

Custodial History
Previously titled "Smithsonian Institution Excavations at Tel Jemmeh, Israel 1970-1973."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Gus Van Beek in 1990.
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Preferred Citation
Gus Van Beek films of Smithsonian Institution excavations at Tel Jemmeh, Israel, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
The National Anthropological Archives holds the Gus Van Beek papers.

More Information
Local Number
Local Number
HSFA 1990.14.1

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Repository Contact
Human Studies Film Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746