WPA WORKERS EXCAVATING
This picture was taken by Robert Bell in 1937. The original black and white photograph has been colorized to highlight some of the features. By this time the Pocola Mining Company excavators were long gone and the WPA workers had taken over. The WPA excavated the site for several years beginning in June, 1936 to 1941. There are 27 people in this picture doing several different activities. At top left five men who are around a water jug. Just to the right, at the top of the mound, a man has just thrown a shovel of dirt into the air. Nine or ten people in the picture are at work with shovels. At least five people are on the ground doing more detailed excavation. Remnants of the great mortuary floor plan area can be seen near the small cavity along the wall where three men are excavating caches of conch shells.