|. The Spiro Mound: A Photo
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Spiro Mound: A Photo Essay
the collection of Dr. Robert E. Bell
By Larry and
1/2" X 11" Hardback Cover
400 High Quality
This book uses the latest
interpretations to detail the history of this
important Southeast Ceremonial Complex site.
First person accounts from eye-witnesses,
archaeologists, reporters, and the Pocolo Miners
themselves help put the digging of the mound in
its historical context.
cover features an original painting of the mound
as it might have looked 550 years ago after the
site was abandoned. Three key Spiro artifacts are
shown in color in the sky above the mound. These
artifacts are also shown in color on the back
cover (3 views of the Big Boy Pipe), inside front
cover (nearly life-size version of the
Bell-Townsend-Onken Blade) and inside back cover
(the rarely pictured Alibates Mace from the
Introduction presents the history of the mound
using new illustrations and maps to describe its
construction between 950 to 1450 AD, its
destruction between 1933 to 1941 and finally its
reconstruction in the 1970s. The archaeological
history of the mound is told using contemporary
accounts to capture the realities of that time
period (the Great Depression ).
|The major portion
of the book features 161 full-page B&W
Photographs from the collection of Dr. Robert E.
Bell with captions on each facing page. These
pictures contain over 4000 artifacts, 3000 in one
photo alone. The collection histories of the
pictured artifacts are traced from the mound to
their current location where data was available.
Also shown are diggers, dealers and others
associated with the mound during the excavations
of the 1930s. The excavation photos of the mound
each have a location map showing the direction
the photographer was shooting. These maps also
show the status of the excavation at the time of
these pictures have never been published before.
Few have been shown in this full-page format.
Eyewitness accounts from Dr. Bell, W. Guinn
Cooper (one of the diggers), newspaper articles
of the day and other early publications are
presented together for the first time. See
reviews of the book in "Indian Artifacts
Magazine," "Prehistoric American,"
"Chips : The Flintknappers Publication"
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Chris and Larry Merriam