|Melbourne area a hotbed of ancient bones|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
MELBOOURNE — Bob Gross’ fascination with archaeology here — from shell middens to skulls studied by the Smithsonian — started when he was 9 years old and playing Parcheesi with a neighbor lady in exchange for Kool-Aid and cookies.
Frances Arnold-Shave, the neighbor, told him about living in a cabin on a Native American mound near Malabar.
“You tell that to a 9-year-old boy, and, ‘Where? Where?’” Gross recalled his response in 1957. The next day, he pedaled his bike down the two-lane U.S. 1 to the mound. He found two artifacts: a pottery shard and wrought-iron hinge.
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