Thursday, March 6, 2014

Your Daily Giant 2/9/2013

Miamisburg Mound is one of the two largest conical mounds in eastern North America. It is a burial mound built by the people that archaeologists have called the Adena culture (800 B.C. to 100 A.D.). Miamisburg Mound is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is 65 feet tall, 800 feet in circumference, and contains 54,000 cubic yards of earth, which corresponds to the contents of more than 3,400 dump trucks. Researching the original excavation of the mound in 1832 last night, I found the following article. "The day they opened the Miamisburg Mound" Dayton Daily News Feb. 23rd 1932. The article states the following, “At various times skeletons greatly exceeding those of the present generation were found in the mound." Also," wood, stone, charcoal and ashes were unearthed and carefully preserved with the human bones, which were of unusual size." Once again it is also mentioned that the skeleton was buried in a sitting posture facing the east like so many other accounts. There are hundreds and hundreds of these accounts that you essentially have to throw out as a researcher because they don't give exact measurements. It is obvious to anyone however, that if you are saying unusual size and greatly exceeding you are talking about very, very large.
Thankfully, we have an account a half a mile down the road from Miamisburg. As reported in the Middletown Signal Jan 17th 1899, the unearthing of an 8 foot 1 and 1/2 inch skeleton took place. Once again the jaws were massive, the teeth perfect and the skull showed many anatomic anomalies. No other than Professor Thomas Wilson the curator of Anthropology for the Smithsonian, said the following about the find. "The authenticity of the skull is beyond doubt, Its antiquity is unquestionably great. To my own personal knowledge several such crania were discovered in the Hopewell group of mounds in Ohio, exhibiting monkey-like traits." The article then lists "authenticated giants" of modern times and puts this giant skeleton on the list. I'm not very bright but this account seems to be fairly credible.

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