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The Bennett-Bird Bolivia Expedition

Identifier: Film Collection no. 13

Scope and Contents

Filmed during the AMNH Bennett-Bird Bolivia Expedition to Bolivia and Peru, 1933-1934. Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites are the main focus of this film photographed by Junius Bouton Bird, then AMNH assistant field archaeologist. Extensive views of Tiahuanaco, and scenes of Pachacamac, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacsahuaman, Kendo, Puca Pucara, Tambo Machay, Lucurmata, and Chiripa are included. In Pachacamac, AMNH assistant curator of anthropology and expedition leader Wendell C. Bennett holds a human skull. Aspects of contemporary Aymara Indian life, such as an Easter dance celebration in full costumes and masks, the making of totora reed boats, and fishing are also shown.


  • 1933-1934


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1 Film Reel (34 minutes) : silent, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (34 minutes)) : silent, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format: 16 mm. print; incomplete.


Bennett, Wendell C. Lake Titicaca. Natural History, v. 34, no. 8, Dec. 1934: [713]-724. Bennett, Wendell C. Machu Picchu. Natural History, v. 35, no. 1, Jan 1935: [64]-76. Bennett, Wendell C. Excavations in Bolivia. Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, v. 35, pt. 4, 1936.


Junius Bird, photographer.

The Bennett-Bird Bolivia Expedition, 1933-1934
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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