Harry Charles Purvis Bell
Harry Charles Purvis Bell (1851 – 1937), more often known as HCP Bell, was a British civil servant and a commissioner in the Ceylon Civil Service. He was born in British India.
After retirement, he also investigated the archaeology and epigraphy of the Maldives, where he had been earlier in his life. and studied the linguistics of Divehi. Bell had developed a good friendship with the king of the Maldives, who put his own royal schooner Fath-ul-Majid at his disposition to carry out archaeological research in certain atolls south of Male.
- The Máldive Islands: An account of the Physical Features, History, Inhabitants, Productions and Trade. Colombo 1883
- The Maldive Islands. Report on a Visit to Málé, Colombo, 1921.
- The Maldive Islands. Monograph on the History, Archaeology, and Epigraphy, Colombo, 1928.
- The Máldive Islands. Monograph on the History, Archæology, and Epigraphy with W. L. De Silva, Colombo 1940.
- Excerpta Maldiviana, Colombo 1940.
- Bethia N. Bell and Heather M. Bell (1993), H. C. P. Bell: Archaeologist of Ceylon and the Maldives
- Department of Archaeology - History
- Robin W. Winks, Alaine M. Low, The Oxford History of the British Empire (1999), p. 244.
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- Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5