Photographs from the Collection of Dr. Robert E. Bell
By Larry G. Merriam and Christopher J. Merriam
Illustrations by Patrick Foster
This book represents a portion of the story of The Spiro Mound as seen through the photographs in the collection of Dr. Robert E. Bell. A young Robert Bell first visited the Spiro Mounds site in 1933 during a trip of archaeological discovery from his home in Marion, Ohio.
This visit marked the beginning of a relationship between Dr. Bell and The Spiro Mound that lasted seventy years. Visits to the mound as it was being dug by the Pocola mining company and later while it was being excavated by the University of Oklahoma led Robert Bell to a career in archaeology. Seeing important information about the ancient civilization being lose to the careless digging of relic miners, he dedicated his life to the pursuit of this archaeological knowledge. This path would bring him back to Oklahoma and to Spiro where he would share his love of archaeology with everyone who met him. This book is a sharing of his personal family photo album of The Spiro Mound and some of the stories that go with it.
Merriam Station Books, 2004