Reel one of five. S.Y. Showket from Mesopotamia Studios, Iraq photographed this film on the second Captain Marshall Field North Arabian Desert Expedition in 1928. Personnel on this expedition included Dr. Henry Field (leader), S.Y. Showket (photographer, interpreter, and general assistant), Eric Schroeder, and G. Vania. Dr. Field was the Assistant Curator of Physical Anthropology at the Field Museum from 1926-1935, and Curator of Physical Anthropology from 1935-1941.
The second expedition accompanied Major A.L. Holt on a survey of the North Arabian Desert area for a proposed pipeline for the Turkish Petroleum Company. An armor car patrol accompanied the survey expedition in some areas that were not safe to travel. The extensive archeological survey took place in the North Arabian Desert or Syrian Desert. It led to the discovery of thousands of flint implements and over 300 new sites. The survey took over 200 photographs. It obtained important data in anthropology, ethnology, topography, and zoology.
For more information please check pages 394 and 429-430 of the Annual report of the Director to the Board of Trustees for the year 1928.