Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Your Daily Giant 8/22/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Los Angeles Herald, November 4, 1891 page 5. The article reads,

"A mound containing the skeletons of several prehistoric people has been discovered on a farm near Carthage, Ill. The skeletons lay in all conceivable positions and are supposed to be those of warriors who fell in battle. It is believed that the farm is the site of an ancient battlefield. The skeletons are of unusual size and the teeth in the skulls are larger than those of ordinary human beings. The authorities of Carthage college have received permission to explore the cave and a noted antiquarian has been sent for to aid in the investigation."
A common theme in many of these accounts and in Native American oral history is evidence suggesting ancient conflicts and wars that occurred. Intricate defensive works and hilltop forts of earth and stone existed in many states around the Ohio River Valley in ancient times. Many details of these giant skeleton reports point to something that indicates an anthropological mystery beyond the excessive size of the remains. Teeth being larger than those of ordinary human beings is often reported. A difficult thing to explain away because it occurs so often in these reports.
Your Daily Giant 8/21/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Nebraska Advertiser, June 30, 1881, pg 1. Reported is the following,

"Mr. Jno, Park, of White county Ohio, recently while working in an old field, which has been cultivated for 85 years, found a grave walled with rock which contained the bones of a giant, estimated to have been nine feet in length and three feet across the breast. But few of the bones were in such a state of preservation to be handled."

Was a Mastodon ever buried in a grave walled with rock? Maybe it was somebody's pet. In the countless hours researching these reports I am yet to encounter any of the people mentioned in the accounts not to exist. Often these people who are making these reports are respected citizens with nothing to gain and much to lose by making what would seem like outrageous claims. Recently I posted the story of Charles Huntington and the unearthing of a nine foot skeleton he witnessed in Randolph County New York. The ancient skeleton eventually crumbled to dust but Charles used the measurements procured from the two doctors at the scene Dr. Frederick Larkin and Dr. T. Apoleon Cheney to build a nine foot wooden replica now housed at the Cattaraugus Museum in New York State. The remarkable measurements were of a nine foot tall skeleton which was 35 inches across the chest and had a jawbone so massive it was fit over the face of Jeff Darling one of the hunters who originally unearthed it. When skeptics started crying of an exaggeration Mr. Huntington contacted the assistant state geologist of New York C. A. Hartnagel, who verified that the measurements were on record with the state.
Your Daily Giant 8/20/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the New York Times December 5, 1963. President Kennedy has just been assassinated (without getting off track, let's just say not by a magic bullet) and Cape Canaveral is being renamed Cape Kennedy. A very interesting section is given at the end of the article,

"The earliest inhabitants of this area are believed to have been the Surruque Indians. Historians have traced their occupancy back to 800 A. D. They remained until the late 1600's when they disappeared without trace, giving rise to their description as "The Lost Tribe." From what little is known about them, they were a seafaring people who may have emigrated from Central America. Skeletal remains found in burial mounds at the Cape indicted that the men were very tall, averaging about seven feet. They were also ferocious, according to early explorers."

Spanish explorers described encountering giant inhabitants in Florida and while looking for evidence of a "giant race theory" Smithsonian agents routinely uncovered giant skeletal remains which were often reported to have been shipped back to Washington, D.C.
Your Daily Giant 8/19/2013

Today's Daily Giant continues the story of explorer Paxson Hayes. Hayes visits to the White House and the Smithsonian Institution as well as newspaper accounts and photographs of his giant mummy finds were covered for a nearly 20 year period up until 1951. From the Tucson Daily Citizen, November 13, 1950 pg 14 is the photo and description,
"Explorer Paxson Hayes holds robe found in cave of Blond Giants." There are many Native American legends of giants with blond or red hair. Brien Forester has researched and written extensively about elongated skulls and the occurrence of red hair among these people. The most famous giant case is perhaps the Lovelock, Nevada case. Giant mummies with red hair were discovered starting in 1911. This is a story I have not covered yet, a story with giant mummies, giant artifacts, Native American legends and Smithsonian Institution involvement. Paiute Indian Sarah Winnemucca wrote about the legends of her tribe many years before the giant red haired mummies were found. The legend told was of a tribe of red haired cannibalistic giants who were trapped and killed by the Paiutes long ago in the Nevada cave. Then as the giant red haired mummies began to be found starting in 1911, the “myth” began to look more like a reality. Many things transmitted from the ancient oral tradition of this country seem to be borne out by accounts such as this.
Your Daily Giant 8/18/2013

Today's Daily Giant continues the story of explorer Paxson Hayes and the Giants of Sonora. In this photo from the San Jose News, December 31, 1935 pg 12, the description is given,

"Paxson Hayes, explorer, studies the head of a giant mummy discovered by him in a deep cave hitherto unexplored regions of Sonora, Mexico. The mummified remains were of a race 7 1/2 feet tall and preserved in excellent condition. Corn found with the mummies has been given to scientists."

Yesterday I posted a picture of the ancient city in Sonora, Mexico where the giant mummies were found. Reported in the Washington Post, July 22, 1937 is "Smithsonian Amazed at Discovery of 6 1/2-Foot Mummies in Caves." We are informed of the following about Paxson C. Hayes and G. C. Barnes from the article, "With several dozen snakes (all alive), and the burial robe of a prehistoric giant (quite dead), packed in their trailer, they stopped in Washington yesterday to promote interest in their unique fields of activity. Herpetologically speaking, their purpose in coming here from California was to present President Roosevelt with 15 Smoki snakes., 10 California and Mexican rattlers and an 8-foot baby Mexican boa constrictor, which was shedding. Marvin C. McIntyre received them at the White House, expressed gratitude and suggested the reptile house at the zoo as perhaps the best place for the snakes. Dr. Ernest P. Walker, assistant director of the Zoo, officially welcomed the snakes to their new home. That over, the visitors then dropped in at the Smithsonian Institution with the prehistoric burial robe and a four-legged stool, both of which they unearthed in a burial cave in northern Sonora, Mexico. The Californians explained that the cave, one of 18 they had discovered, contains well preserved mummies of a race which averaged over 6 1/2 feet in height (up to 8 feet tall). The caves are scattered over an area of 450 square miles. Hayes who has just returned from his fifth expedition to the caves heard about their existence from the Yaqui Indians of Mexico."

The article also shows a photo of Hayes, Barnes and Head Keeper of the Washington Zoo, William H. Blackburn as they assist a Mexican boa constrictor. I found the following information in the Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution 1937, page 74, citing additions to their collections. "Smoki People," through Paxson C. Hayes and G. C. Barnes, Prescott, Ariz., 5 Western bullsnakes, 2 red rattlesnakes, 2 Mexican rattlesnakes." This if further verification of Hayes and Barnes meeting with Smithsonian officials. Lost city, giant mummified head, and a burial robe of a giant. All three with photographs, Another case where the Smithsonian Institution should be compelled to answer questions.
Your Daily Giant 8/17/2013

Today's Daily Giant continues the story of Paxson Hayes and the Giants of Sonora, Mexico. I previously posted several Daily Giants exploring this story. From the Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 9, 1936 pg 11.

"These crumbling ruins of a long-perished city, where mummified human forms revealed that seven-foot giants and three foot pygmies apparently lived together, were found by Paxson C. Hayes ethnologist, who has spent the last seven years exploring the upland wastes of northern Mexico. The architecture is of a type never before discovered, resembling that of cliff dwellings but with distinct Mongolian features. The strange civilization is believed to antedate that of the Mayans. Hayes plans an expedition for a thorough search of the huge caves in Sonora, 400 miles from Hermosillo City."

I have run into many accounts of what were described as "pygmy" like skeletons also in my research. Once again there are reports of Smithsonian Institution involvement and accounts from Mound Builder burial mounds in Ancient America of unusually small skeletons that were verified as authentic. Several Native Americans have approached me and asked if I have encountered such things because I was told that their oral history has much information regarding this. The well known Hobbit find in Indonesia adds fuel to this debate.

From Wikipedia, "Homo floresiensis ("Flores Man", nicknamed "hobbit" and "Flo") is an extinct species in the genus Homo. The remains of an individual were discovered in 2003 on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Partial skeletons of nine individuals have been recovered, including one complete cranium (skull). These remains have been the subject of intense research to determine whether they represent a species distinct from modern humans. This hominin is remarkable for its small body and brain and for its survival until relatively recent times (possibly as recently as 12,000 years ago). Recovered alongside the skeletal remains were stone tools from archaeological horizons ranging from 94,000 to 13,000 years ago."

Even though I am open minded, I had problems with the Hayes findings originally because they were so outlandish but he convinced the "Dean of Southwest Archaeology", Dr. Byron Cummings, was received at the White House, met with Smithsonian scientists (donating snakes that ended up listed in their annual report) and was listed in newspaper accounts for an over 15 year period up until 1951. There are also photos of him with a giant mummified head, him holding a burial shroud of a giant (presented to the Smithsonian) and today's ancient Sonora city. Finally, within the last year, elongated skulls which were called "alien" were unearthed in the Sonora area. Hugh Newman told me that he finds it fascinating that these different reports come from the same area and if you follow the research of Brien Forester then you know that there is quite a mystery regarding elongated skulls.
Your Daily Giant 8/16/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the National Labor Tribune, March 2 1899, pg 7. Another account of giant skeletons being unearthed in Michigan burial mounds is given.

"Michigan Giants of Old- During the investigation of the mounds in Pokagon township, Cass County, Mich., the bones of perhaps 100 persons were found in the center of one mound and under these, separated from his companions, were the bones of a man who in life must have been fully nine feet tall, occupying a sitting position, with his feet under him. A number of copper bodkins or pins, from two to three inches in length, were found and also pins made from the bones of a wolf. There were numerous copper hatches, two edged and sharp, one of which was wrapped in a linen cloth resembling in texture those of today."

Do you think you would misidentify hundreds of human bones for some other creature. Maybe the builders of the mound took a Mastodon skeleton and carved out and created a fake nine foot human skeleton. The matter of fact nature of so many of these accounts to me is very telling. The idea that sensationalism was a driving force behind many of these finds just doesn't hold water. It is obvious to the reasonable observer what is going on here, this is a reality and those whose world view can't deal with it, create all sorts of strange and illogical arguments to try and make it go away.
Your Daily Giant 8/15/2013

Today's Daily Giant lists three more accounts from our friends at the Smithsonian Institution.

First is from the Twelfth Annual report of 1894 pg 419. From a West Virginia mound is reported, "among the decayed fragments of bark wrappings, lay a skeleton fully 7 feet long, extended at full length on the back, west."

Next from the same document on page 335 comes a report from the Nelson Mound in North Carolina, "No. 16 was an uninclosed "squatter" of unusually large size, not less than seven feet high when living."

Finally from the Smithsonian Annual report of 1877 pg 274, "One of them is in the grave of a giant, for a large man could pass the lower jaw-bone around his face; and the thigh bone was four inches longer than that of a man six feet two inches high."

Double rows of teeth, massive skulls, giant axes, skeletons well over seven feet, jawbones so large they could be fit over the face of the finder. These accounts that we have posted for six recent Daily Giants are from the Smithsonian Institution itself. They are entirely similar to the over 1000 accounts of skeletons 7 to 12 feet tall from newspapers and scientific and historical documents from over a 200 year period describing finds in Ancient America that we have so far amassed. So is this the biggest hoax in human history with no perceived gain? A far reaching mass delusion which corrupted the minds of thousands of respected citizens? Obviously not, unless you are willfully conflicted or engaged in cognitive dissonance in an attempt to support a paradigm riddled with anomalies and clearly incorrect. So the conclusion is starkly apparent, that giants existed in the past and this information has been actively covered up.
Your Daily Giant 8/14/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Fifth Annual Report of The Bureau of Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution. From the report of the opening of mounds at East Dubuque Illinois,

"Near the original surface of the ground, several feet north of the center, were the much decayed skeletons of some six or eight individuals from the infant to the adult. Near the original surface, some 10 to 12 feet from the center, on the lower side, was discovered lying at full length on its back, an unusually large skeleton, the length being something over 7 feet. It was distinctly traceable though it crumbled to pieces immediately after removal from the hard earth in which it was encased. With it were three thin, crescent shaped pieces of roughly hammered native copper, respectively 6, 8 and 10 inches in length, with small holes along the convex margin; also a number of elongate copper beads, made by rolling together thin sheets and a chert lance head 11 inches long; the latter was placed near the left thigh. Around the neck were the remains of a necklace of bear teeth. Lying across the thighs were dozens of small copper beads, evidently formed by rolling slender strips into small rings."

The length being something over seven feet, come on dude how about being more specific, regardless another over seven foot skeleton reported from Smithsonian Ethnology literature. Many researchers study Ancient American artifact finds and the copper culture of Michigan. Researcher Larry Furo just sent me a pic of copper bracelets and a copper gorget as reported in the Smithsonian account I posted yesterday. These artifact finds and descriptions are universally reported in giant skeleton reports of 7 to 11 feet in length. Once again, do these ancient burial mound finds seem like Mastodon bones? Is every last report a hoax of giant skeletons with the same anatomic anomalies also somehow wildly inaccurate? Of course not, logic and reason are our friends in this debate.
Your Daily Giant 8/13/2013

Today's Daily Giant is from the Twelfth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution, 1894 pg 426. An account of the opening of a burial mound in Kanawha County, West Virginia by Professor P. W. Norris of the Smithsonian is given. This find was also reported in the New York Times and several other places. "

At the depth of 14 feet a rather large human skeleton was found, which was in a partially upright position with the back against a hard clay wall. All the bones were badly decayed, except those of the left wrist, which had been preserved by two heavy copper bracelets...Nineteen feet from the top the bottom of this debris was reached, where, in the remains of a bark coffin, a skeleton, measuring 7 1/2 feet in length and 19 inches across the shoulders was discovered. Each wrist was encircled by six heavy copper bracelets, similar to that shown in Fig. 299, which represents one of the twelve."

Heavy copper bracelets are reported many times with these giant skeletal finds. Unfortunately there is not more anatomical information in this report. This mound was made by the Adena people. When other Adena mounds were opened later on in the 1950's by University of Kentucky Anthropologists Webb and Snow and Carnegie Anthropologist Dragoo, a seven foot skeleton with an unusually thick skull was found and a seven foot two inch skeleton was unearthed with massive jawbone and very robust skeletal structure.

The starting point for the debate about giants is that many ancient mounds yielded over seven foot skeletons, sometimes well over seven with anatomic peculiarities. From there the discussion can start about skulls twice the normal size and eight, nine and ten foot skeletons. I would hope the skeptic could begin a discussion in that place, a place widely agreed upon. To start talking about hoaxes and mastodons shows the person making the claims has to do more investigation. Even if the story ended by what is openly recognized by sober professionals, it is alarming that it is not more widely known by the general public. That Ancient America was home to over 100,000 earthen pyramids, geometric forms, effigy mounds and burial mounds which often yielded over seven foot skeletons with amazing artifacts, built with by a people who had a firm grasp on complex engineering, math and geometry. Copper crowns, treasures of pearls, understanding the 18.61 metonic cycle of the moon and predicting eclipses, is that not worth more attention? Personally, my experience tells me that the story does not end there, that much larger skeletons were unearthed and history is far more strange than we have been led to believe.
Your Daily Giant 8/12/2013

Today's Daily Giant is another account from The Twelfth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution. Another account of an over seven foot skeleton found in a burial mound. From the report,

"The length from the base of the skull to the bones of the toes was found to be 7 feet 3 inches. It is probable, therefore, that this individual when living was fully 7 1/2 feet high. At the head lay some small pieces of mica and a green substance, probably the oxide of copper, though no ornament or article of copper was discovered. This was the only burial in the mound."

At least nine different accounts of skeletons 7 to 8 feet unearthed in different states are recorded in the Smithsonian's Ethnology Reports. There are several other references to "very large" skeletons being unearthed that we do not know the size of. The percentage of over seven foot skeletons found in the burial mounds of Ancient America is much higher than the occurrence of seven footers in our society. Several of these reports are describing 7 1/2 footers as well, this is an extremely rare height to achieve and why were all these extremely large persons buried in the mounds? The Smithsonian accounts read just like hundreds of other burial mound openings and skeletal finds of eight, nine and ten foot heights. We are told these are hoaxes and Mastodon misidentifications but it is plain to see that they are not.
Your Daily Giant 8/11/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Quarterly Magazine Now and Then, Volumes 2 and 3 1888 pg 217. The following is reported,

"The Muncie Daily Times a year or two ago stated that "One of these mounds located three miles from Muncie was opened not long ago and found to be a sepulchral mound and contained the skeleton of a man who in life must have been a giant, at least nine feet high." This "big Indian story" would be hard to believe if giants about as great in stature did not exist in recent times."

Not really sure what the author is talking about, not many of my friends are "at least nine feet high". Although some of these finds were not made in burial mounds, the majority were. The earthen pyramids, mounds and geometric forms of the Mound Builders are intimately connected to this mystery. I certainly don't have all the answers but one question I have is why are the accomplishments of the Adena, Hopewell and Mississippian Mound Building cultures not more widely taught in our schools. The engineering, mathematics, geometry and astronomical alignments associated with many of these structures is widely accepted among professionals. Even without the controversy of giant skeleton finds, I believe most people find the subject fascinating. It is becoming obvious that the mysteries of Ancient America is a hot topic based on the success of shows like America Unearthed. My belief is that people love a mystery not because it is easier to believe than good hard science but because they intuitively know that the current theories are incorrect.
Your Daily Giant 8/10/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from "Cahokia-The Great Native American Metropolis" by Biloine Whiting Young and Melvin Leo Fowler, 2000 pg 26. From the book,

"In 1891 the Reverend Stephen Peet wrote about his visit to Cahokia. "There are also vast quantities of bones hidden beneath the surface and one can scarcely strike a spade through the soil without unearthing some token of the prehistoric races. Mr. Ramey, the owner of the mound, speaks about digging in one part of the field and finding heaps of bones eight feet deep and says that the bones are everywhere present. The workmen who were engaged in digging ditches for underdraining had a few days before come upon large quantities of pottery and skeletons of large size but had carelessly broken them instead of preserving them."

Another interesting Cahokia account comes from the Saint Louis Dispatch in 1906.

"A Mr. Hill who once lived upon it, while making excavation near the northwest extremity, uncovered human bones and white pottery in considerable quantities. The bones, which instantly crumbled to dust on exposure to the air, appeared larger than ordinary, while the teeth were double in front as well as behind."

While these accounts do not give specific measurements like most of these skeletal finds, the large skeletons reported and double rows of teeth is very intriguing. Giant skeletons have been reported at essentially all the most famous Mound Builder sites in eastern America. Grave Creek, Moundville, Etowah, The Great Serpent Mound, Spiro Mound, Aztalan, The earthworks of Newark and Chillicothe and many others. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is located on the site of an ancient Native American city (c. 600–1400 CE) situated directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis, Missouri. This historic park lies in southern Illinois between East St. Louis and Collinsville. The park covers 2,200 acres or about 3.5 square miles, and contains about 80 mounds, but the ancient city was actually much larger. In its heyday, Cahokia covered about 6 square miles and included about 120 man-made earthen mounds in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and functions. Monks mound is the largest earthen pyramid ever built in Ancient America, standing 100 high it has a base of 14 acres, one acre larger than the great pyramid of Giza. It required 22 million cubic feet of soil brought from over a mile away to create the four stepped pyramid.
Your Daily Giant 8/9/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Twelfth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution, 1894 pg 117. A report of the opening of burial mounds in Pike county Missouri is given.

"On the spur of the ridge upon which the Welch mounds of Brown county, hereafter noticed, are situated and about midway between them and Chambersburg, in Pike county, is a group of circular mounds, possibly the work of another people than those who built the effigies. They are mainly on the farm of Mr. W. A. Hume, who assisted in opening eight of them, of which but two are specifically noticed here...

The other, situated on the point of a commanding bluff, was also conical in form, 50 feet in diameter and 8 feet high. The outer layer consisted of sandy soil, 2 feet thick, filled with slightly decayed skeletons, probably Indians of intrusive burials. The earth of the main portion of this mound was very fine yellowish sand which shoveled like ashes and was everywhere, to the depth of from 2 to 4 feet, as full of human skeletons as could well be stowed away in it, even to two and three tiers. Among these were a number of bones not together as skeletons, but mingled in confusion and probably from scaffolds or other localities. Excepting one, which was rather more than seven feet long, these skeletons appeared to be of medium size and many of them much decayed."

Rather more than seven feet tall usually means rather more than seven feet tall. The number of over seven foot skeletons found in burial mounds is of such a higher percentage than the general population of today that the argument that the NBA has a couple of seven footers is invalid. Many of these reports of 7, 8 and 9 foot skeletal finds often report normal sized bones as well. This would invalidate the idea that incorrect measurement has taken place.
Your Daily Giant 8/8/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Twelfth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution. This is an account of the opening of burial mounds in Dunleith, Illinois. From the report,

"No. 5, the largest of the group carefully examined. Two feet below the surface, near the apex, was a skeleton, doubtless an intrusive Indian burial. Near the original surface of the ground, several feet north of the center, were the much decayed skeletons of some 6 or 8 persons, of every size, from infant to the adult. Near the original surface, 10 or 12 feet from the center, on the lower side, lying at full length upon its back, was one of the largest skeletons discovered by the Bureau agents, the length as proved by actual measurement being between 7 and 8 feet. It was clearly traceable but crumbled to pieces immediately after removal from the hard earth it was encased."

This is one of several accounts in the Smithsonian Ethnology Reports of over seven foot skeletons being unearthed from burial mounds by their scientists. It reads just like hundreds of other accounts of the opening of burial mounds with skeletons 7 to 11 feet being described. The phenomena of bones crumbling to dust is mentioned widely in many of these accounts. Skeptics argue that it was a way for hoaxers to make claims and then did not have to show proof. This was given as one of the reason's my TEDX talk was removed from the internet, because I mentioned this occurring in many reports. I believe information should be presented and people can make up their mind and do their own research. Reality being dictated to the masses is Orwellian.
Your Daily Giant 8/7/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Journal of British Archaeological Association, Vol. L. 1894 pg 233. Many skeptics have tried to claim that these over 1000 accounts that we have assembled are comprised of old newspaper reports. In fact many are found buried obscurely in town and county histories and respected scientific journals. Many of the same anatomic anomalies that were reported in newspaper accounts were also described in the other forms of literature as well, making the case that these are all hoaxes difficult to believe. From the journal,

"In one tumulus (burial mound) in Iowa eleven skeletons were discovered in the central chamber. These were arranged in a circle, with their backs against the walls, while a seashell, which had been converted into a drinking-horn, had been placed in their midst...In another mound in Iowa, a skeleton measuring 7 ft. 6 in. in length was found. A collar of bears teeth was around the neck, while numbers of small copper beads formed by rolling strips of the metal into little rings were across the thighs It has been conjectured that these beads may have adorned a hunting-shirt."

Maybe they unearthed a giant bear who had on a hunting shirt and wore a necklace of human teeth. I think I might go to build-a-bear and make a giant bear with a shirt on. Many reports of well over seven foot skeletons have been reported from the burial mounds of Iowa. Iowa is known for its amazing array of animal effigy mounds several which still exist. It is an established fact that many seven foot and larger skeletons were found in burial mounds by university trained Archaeologists and Anthropologists. Anyone who cannot start at least there is not to be taken seriously. Any rational professional should be able to admit that these finds most definitely occurred and were professionally excavated and recorded by anthropologists such as Webb, Snow and Dragoo. The same types of phenomena reported by these professionals such as unusually thick skulls and massive jawbones were also reported in skeletal excavations much larger than seven feet. Eight, nine, ten and eleven foot skeletons have been reported which describe many of the same characterizes such as burial techniques, artifact finds and anatomical anomalies that were described with lesser sized finds. Some professionals refuse to allow universally recognized finds to enter their belief systems because they don't want to give any ground in the giant debate. This indicates a close-minded bias that is not indicative of a reasonable approach to the evaluation of the evidence.
Your Daily Giant 8/6/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Hawaiian Star February 13, 1902 page 6. The article talks about the well known Grave Creek mound of West Virginia. The article is quite blurry so I attached a photo of the mound instead. At 62 feet (19 m) high and 240 feet (73 m) in diameter, the Grave Creek Mound is one of the largest conical type burial mounds in the United States. The builders of the site, members of the Adena culture, moved more than 60,000 tons of dirt to create it about in 250-150 BC. It is located in present-day Moundsville, West Virginia, near the banks of the Ohio River. The first recorded excavation of the 2,000-year-old mound took place in 1838. The article reports that the mound is being considered for demolition for a building project. Luckily that never happened. From the article,

"Originally the mound was 90 feet high and 240 feet in diameter at the base. It is composed of many varieties of earth, apparently carried there in baskets or small conveyances. Seventeen varieties of forest trees grow upon it. Some of the trees are quite large one being 19 feet in circumference. After the valley became thickly populated a shaft was sunk down from the top of the mound to the bottom and a tunnel dug out to the northern side, the apex leveled off and a three-story pagoda shaped building erected for dancing and a museum established at the bottom of the shaft. The enterprise did not pay and since then the place has been totally neglected, except that it is the Mecca of pilgrims from all parts of the country every day. When the excavations were made three skeletons were found directly in the center but raised a view feet from the level of the surrounding land. One of the skeletons had belonged to a male human being about eight feet high, one a female and one a child. There was also in the rude chamber a tablet of stone, upon one side of which were hieroglyphics, which is now in the Smithsonian Institution at Washington."

There are several accounts of the finding of the grave creek tablet and the skeletons. The female was reported to be seven foot four inches tall with a jawbone so large it could fit over the face of the finder. Another day another seven foot four female with a jawbone you can fit over your face. Ho hum.
Your Daily Giant 8/5/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from The History of Cape May New Jersey by Lewis Townsend Stevens 1897, pg 11. The following is reported,

"A skull was exhumed which must have belonged to one of great age, as the sutures were entirely obliterated and the tables firmly cemented together. From the superciliary ridges, which were well developed, the frontal bone receded almost on a direct line to the place of the occipital and parietal sutures, leaving no forehead and has the appearance of having been done by artificial means, as practiced at present on the Columbia among the Flat Heads. A jaw-bone of huge dimensions was likewise found, which was coveted by the observer; but the superstitions of the owner of the soil believing it was sacrilegious and that he would be visited by the just indignation of Heaven if he suffered any of the teeth to be removed, prevailed on us to return again to its mother earth."

Damn, that dude should have risked going to hell and saved the jaw-bone. Newspaper accounts that reported finds of giant skeletons are often cited as unreliable sources of information. The reality is that what would be considered more credible sources like town and county histories were also reporting the same findings. Most notably, anatomic anomalies. Double rows of teeth, jawbones that could be fit over the finders face and massive skulls with sloping foreheads are reported in multiple sources all over the country through decades of time. I have never heard that part rationally explained. To say gigantism or disarticulation being the cause of these reports falls short of explaining anatomic anomalies. It wasn't like the giant hoax pamphlet was circulating around the country for a hundred years to show what key words to use. This information has only come out in the last couple of decades due to the persistent effort of researchers. These anomalies which were also reported in the Smithsonian's Ethnology and Annual reports indicate a very troublesome aspect to explain away. The bottom line is, is there enough evidence here to justify further investigation. I would think most reasonable people would agree. That is the case I am trying to make and I believe we have made it.
Your Daily Giant 8/4/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Jamestown Journal, April 8, 1859 pg 2. From the article,

"The skeleton of giant, eight feet high, has been exhumed from the farm of Mr. Colvin, near Monongehela City, Pa.-The Pittsburg Chronicle says: "From the position of the bones in the vault under the stone, it is supposed the bodies were buried in a sitting position, the skull bones and those of the trunk being all in a heap, while those of the legs were scattered along towards the foot of the vault. At the foot, also of many of these graves were found various articles of ornaments of exquisite workmanship, denoting a greater skill than usually belonged to the Indians, together with crockery and war-like implements. The graves in the vicinity number several hundred and go to show that the field was at one time an extensive burying ground."

One aspect of this phenomena that we haven't discussed much yet are giant tools and "war like implements" buried with these skeletons. Unlike the skeletons, many of these implements are still on display in museums but they are made to go away by calling them ceremonial. So you don't have to explain what kind of monster human could wield a 41 pound copper axe (found in the Ohio mounds) if it is considered ceremonial.

Many of these reports also describe normal sized skeletons existing with giant ones, making it even more difficult to believe they have been improperly measured. This is not the only giant skeleton exhumed in Monongahela City, Pa. nor is it the only one found buried in a stone vault. In 1885, American Antiquarian reported a seven foot two skeleton with a copper crown being found in a stone vault in a burial mound at Cartersville, Ga. The following was reported,

"On the stones which covered the vault were carved inscriptions and when deciphered, will doubtless lift the veil that now shrouds the history of the race of people that at one time inhabited this part of the American continent. The relics have been carefully packed and forwarded to the Smithsonian Institution and are said to be the most interesting collection ever found in the United States."

Tonight, I will be on the Micah Hanks show discussing giants. This topic is starting to gain more and more attention and I believe that when people get a look at all the evidence, many will be alarmed with the scope of it and quite annoyed with how skeptics and professionals dismiss this evidence.
Your Daily Giant 8/3/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the McCook Weekly Tribune, Nebraska May 14, 1885, pg 3. The article is as follows,

"Five Giant Skeletons Unearthed. One of the most important discoveries of the many made in the prolific field of Indian mounds near Homer, Ohio, was made near there a few days ago. Beneath a small mound and five feet below the normal surface five gigantic skeletons, with their feet to the east, were found in a grave with a stone floor. Remnants of burned bones and wood charcoal are plentiful, together with numerous stone vessels and weapons. The skeletons are of enormous size, the head of one being large and polished and engraved with considerable care in a simple way-the figures are birds and beasts; a knife shaped like a sickle reversed and having a wooden handle held by leather thongs and a kettle holding perhaps six quarts. Those who know say this find is one of the oldest in America and perhaps the most valuable."

To me, some of the most compelling accounts are the ones that mention giant skulls. There are no issues of disarticulation to muddy the waters. The bottom line is do we believe that thousands of people, often respectable citizens, were telling the truth in these matters? These are burial mounds that yielded human skeletons, so the only question for the rational person to then ask was every single one of these over 1000 accounts a hoax. My experience tells me that the majority of these ring true. For this not to be a reality every last one of these reports has to be a hoax. Not very likely.
Your Daily Giant 8/2/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from Lest we forget-remembrances of the pioneers of Grant County Indiana, 1921 pgs 29, 30, 74, 75, 82 and 83. Another historical document that has multiple giant accounts contained within it. From the book,

"Also when Marion was laid out, several Indian mounds were found. One was situated just back of Buchanan's old maple shop on Third street and the first court house was built on a mound. This one was the largest in Grant county, being sixteen feet in height and sixty feet in diameter. These mounds contained many human bones and an expert from Chicago said that the people must have been seven feet tall. The bones of some Mastodon's were also found. These were broken up but part of a jawbone found weighed thirty-seven pounds. Also, a tooth was found which weighed seven pounds. The expert said the mastodon itself probably weighed nine tons."

Later in the book, "The owner of the mound gave many people permission to dig into it. One day two men were given permission to dig. They dug a trench north and south about four feet deep. After digging they found a part of a skeleton of a man, the thigh bone, ball and socket joint and many small bones. When the small bones were exposed to the air they immediately crumbled. The ball socket joint and thigh bones were taken to a physician in Upland and he estimated the bones were of a man at least nine feet tall and weighing not less than three hundred pounds and the man was not fleshy."

Finally, "The first people we know anything about in Grant County is the mound builder. The mounds were oval shaped and varying in diameter from ten to sixty feet. The largest mound was found were the present court house now stands. This was ten feet in height and the interior revealed layers of gravel, charcoal and human skeletons about seven or eight feet in length." I have attached some photos of Mastodon teeth and skulls. This is one of the main points that skeptics claim that these giant accounts came from. Do you think if you had a seven pound tooth or saw a skull that size that somehow you would claim it was human by accident? Possibly after 7 martinis. What a sorry attempt to deflect away scrutiny of this subject. I will say that professionals certainly buy it, every last anthropologist and archaeologist I have contacted listed this point as one of the main sources of these reports. Embarrassing.