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 the Maldivian language. 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 Malé.
- Bell, Harry Charles Purvis (1882). The Máldive Islands: An Account of the Physical Features, Climate, History, Inhabitants, Productions, and Trade. F. Luker, acting government printer, Ceylon.
- The Maldive Islands. Report on a Visit to Málé, Colombo, 1921.
- Bell, Harry Charles Purvis (1890). Anuradhpura and the North-Central Province ...: Progress Report. Government Printer, South Africa.
- Bell, Harry Charles Purvis (2002). The Máldive Islands: Monograph on the History, Archaeology and Epigraphy. Novelty Printers Publ. ISBN 978-99915-3-051-2.
- Bell, Harry Charles Purvis (1998). Excerpta Máldiviana. Asian Educational Services. ISBN 978-81-206-1221-1.
- Bell, Bethia Nancy; Bell, Heather M. (1993). H.C.P. Bell: Archaeologist of Ceylon and the Maldives. Archetype Pubs. ISBN 978-1-873132-45-6.
- Romero Frías, Xavier (2003). The Maldive Islanders: A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Nova Ethnographia Indica. ISBN 978-84-7254-801-5.