Your Daily Giant 5/29/2013
Today's Daily Giant comes from the Weekly Democratic Statesman, April 12, 1883, page 6. The article states, "Mr. John W. Emmert, employed by the bureau of ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution at Washington, has lately explored a mound at Bristol, Tenn., and secured some interesting and valuable Indian relics. Among other things in the mound was found the skeleton of a gigantic Indian." In the 1880s, the Smithsonian Institution team led by John W. Emmert conducted several excavations in the lower Little Tennessee valley, uncovering artifacts and burials related to the valley's 18th-century Overhill Cherokee inhabitants and prehistoric inhabitants. Emmert is credited with finding the famous Bat Creek Stone which is believed to contain Paleo-Hebrew script. One interesting thing I have noticed in investigating this phenomena is that many accounts of giant skeletons also describe tablets with "strange hieroglyphics" noted. At the Grave Creek mound excavation where the Grave Creek Tablet was unearthed a seven foot four inch female skeleton was reported with a jawbone so large it could fit over the finders face, along with an eight foot male skeleton. At the Brush Creek mound excavation where the Brush Creek Tablet was unearthed the following was reported as the sworn testimony of the finders. "To Dr. F. T. Everhart Historian, Dear sir, on December 1, 1879 we assembled with a large number of people for the purpose of excavating into and examining the contents of an ancient mound, located on the farm of Mr. J. M. Baughman, in Brush Creek Township. The mound is situated on the summit of a hill, rising 152 feet above the bed of the stream called Brush Creek. It is about 64 feet in width by about 90 feet in length, having an altitude of 11 feet 3 inches; is nearly flat on top. When at the depth of seven and a half feet in the north trench, came upon two enormous skeletons, male and female, lying one above the other, faces together, and heads toward the west. The male by actual measurement, proved to be nine feet six inches, the female eight feet nine inches in length. At about the same depth in the west trench we found two more skeletons, lying two feet apart, faces upward and faces to the east. These, it is believed were fully as large as those already measured but the condition in which they were found rendered exact measurement impossible. On December 22nd we began digging at the southwest portion of the mound, and had not proceeded more than three feet when we discovered an altar made of sand rock. The altar was six feet in width and twelve feet in length, and was filled with clay, and of about the same shape that the mound originally was. Immediately behind or west of the altar, were found three skeletons, lying faces upwards heads toward the south, measuring, respectively: eight feet ten, nine feet two and nine feet four inches in length. In another grave a female skeleton eight feet long and a male skeleton nine feet four inches long- the female the lowermost, and the face downward, and the male on top face upward, behind the site of the altar. After proceeding about four feet, we found, within three feet of the top of the mound, and five feet above the natural surface, a coffin or burial case, made of a peculiar kind of yellow clay, the like of which we have not found in the township, consequently, we believe it was brought from a distance. Within the casket were confined the remains of a female eight feet in length. (There is then a description of finding the Brush Creek Tablet with strange Hieroglyphics on it and then), We have found 11 human skeletons in all. The above report contains nothing but facts briefly told and knowing that the public has been humbugged and imposed upon by archaeologists, we wish to fortify our own statements by giving the following testimonial. We the undersigned citizens of Brush Creek Township, having been present and taken part in the above excavation, do certify that the statements herewith set forth our true and correct, and in no particular has the writer deviated from the facts in the case. Signed Thomas D. Showers, John Worstall, Marshall Cooper, J.M. Baughman and S.S. Baughman." (Knowing that the public has been humbugged and imposed upon by archaeologists), hey not much has changed in 130 years. Sorry about the length folks but a Giantologists work is never done.