Sunday, March 9, 2014

Your Daily Giant 6/15/2013

Today's Daily giant comes from The New York Sun, August 27, 1891, page 6. From the article, "The gigantic skeleton of a man, measuring 8 feet 6 inches in height, was found near the Jordan River just outside Salt Lake City, last week. The find was made by a workman who was digging an irrigation ditch. The skull was uncovered at a depth of eight feet from the surface of the ground and the skeleton was standing bolt upright. The workmen had to dig down nine feet in order to exhume it. The bones were much decayed and crumbled at the slightest touch. They were put together with great care and the skeleton was found to measure 8 feet 6 inches in height: the skull measured 11 inches in diameter and the feet 19 inches long. A copper chain, to which was attached three medallions covered with curious hieroglyphics, was found around the neck of the skeleton and near it were found a stone hammer, some pieces of pottery, an arrowhead and some copper medals. Archaeologists believe that the original owner of the skeleton belonged to the race of mound builders." Yet Another account mentioning "curious hieroglyphics", isn't that "curious". The skull measurement mentioned as 11 inches in diameter doesn't seem to make sense, maybe a typo or an elongated skull but usually when the skulls are elongated that is specifically mentioned. Regardless, another account describing something that is a non-sensationalized rendition of the observable facts. The skeleton had adornments and artifacts with it, obviously human, it is described as 8 foot 6, disarticulation is clearly not a factor either.

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