Saturday, March 8, 2014

Your Daily Giant 6/1/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Cape Giradeau Democrat, June 20, 1896, pg 6. A report is given about the unearthing of giant skeletons in a mound in Ohio. From the article, "Some boys, while playing on Barrett's Mound, in the village of Spring Valley, southwest of here, discovered a number of human bones that had been unearthed by the upheaval of a tree during a wind-storm. Excavations were made and four bodies were found resting in the ground where the tree had stood...The skeletons indicate a race of people close to eight feet in height and from relics and other indications were apparently warriors and belonged to some prehistoric race. The skeletons were viewed by an immense throng of people. When an attempt was made to move them they fell to pieces. Further excavations will be made." Crumbling to pieces is a constant theme in these accounts, I have read this unfortunate circumstance described in Town Histories, Scientific Journals, Newspapers and the Smithsonian's Ethnology Reports. From the Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1875 pg 392 is the description of a giant skeleton being unearthed with an enormous skull, double rows of teeth and a giant axe. From the report, Dr. Augustus Mitchell states "Anticipating a perfect specimen in this skull, I was doomed to disappointment; for, after taking it out of the earth and setting it up, so that I could view the fleshless face of this gigantic savage, in the space of about two hours it crumbled to pieces, except small portions. According to the bones of this skeleton, its height must have been quite seven feet." The thing about skeletons is that they are not a renewable resource, there is only a limited amount and the Smithsonian alone collected over 18,000 that did not crumble to dust. Throngs of people, Smithsonian reports, scientific journals. Do you think something other than averaged sized skeletons might have come out of the burial mounds of Ancient America?

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