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CV workers at dig.
Zoom into CU worker scraping earth off skull embedded in mud.
SV Mechanical digger drives forward.
??? workers at dig.
CU workers scraping earth off skull.
MV woman archaeologist being interviewed, pan round workers in trenches.
SV diggers working (2 shots).
TRANSCRIPT: "One thousand years ago Indians living along he Illinois river in West Central Illinois were taking a major step forward in the advancement of civilisation, changing from roving hinters to settled planters.....
...the site is being turned into a rook quarry, work is being suspended for 4 1/2 days for the excavation...
...hurried archaeological excavation on record."
Archaeologist: "Well it's a very important find because of the time period....We known very little about this time period in pre history...This is a time of transition. There have not been many sites at all found of this particular time periods.......this skeleton here is in excellent condition which gives us a lot of data for our lab work on diet, disease and this kind of thing."
"This crash programme is frustrating but successful, because of it we'll have a better understanding of the Indians who lived along the Illinois river many moons ago. Mary Thomas reporting from Hill? Illinois."
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