This short video was made from footage taken back in the mid-1980s, at a time when hi-end domestic video cameras were beginning to appear.
The video was made with an Olympus Color Video Camera VX-303-E and recorded onto an Olympus Portable Video Cassette Recorder VC-101-E/B.
The Camera was shoulder-mounted (ENG camera style), and with a cable connecting it to a portable recorder, hung over the shoulder, that took full-size VHS tapes.
This combination, with its battery-pack, weighed 14lbs/6Kg.
The sound was recorded in-camera by the camera's omnidirectional mike, mounted on the end of a short telescopic boom.
The was no facility to monitor the sound.
The viewfinder was 1 one-inch black-and-white crt viewer.
Despite having a foam windshield, this particular video recorded considerable wind-noise, and over half of the soundtrack is unusable.
Which means, of course, that a lot the sound-track came from elsewhere (it was either that–or silence).
It came from some ambient sound recorded at another excavation site just a year or so ago, and recorded onto a Zoom 4HN.
Although the camera was pretty much domestic state-of-the-art 30 years ago, the resolution is poor by today's standards -- hence the small size of the frame.
The manuals say that the recorder can record >300 lines, but the recorder limits this to >240 lines.
The subject is the annual summer excavations on top of Crickley Hill in Gloucestershire, which took place between 1969 and 1994. It was directed by Dr Philip Dixon, former Reader in Archaeology at the Universtity of Nottingham.
So far as I know, there is no other video of these excavations on the InterWeb, so this short video is for those who took part in the excavations over the years, and for anyone interested in archaeological excavations of times gone by.
There are now 3 other videos of the same excavations on vimeo – just put 'Crickley Hill' into the search box at the top of the page to find them.