Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Your Daily Giant 7/11/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the History of Morrow County Ohio, Volume 1, 1911, pg 14. From the book,

"The mounds in Morrow county are located as follows: There are three mounds near Chesterville. The earthwork, which was located near an old school house there was plowed down many years ago and scraped into a hole near it, from which it was undoubtedly thrown up. When within about two feet of the level, a quantity of greasy muck was uncovered which had a strong smell but no bones were discovered and no relics were found. In 1829, when the hotel was built in Chesterville, a mound nearby was made to furnish the material for the brick. In digging it away, a large human skeleton was found, but no measurements were made. It is related that the jaw-bone was found to fit easily over that of a citizen of the village, who was remarkable for his large jaw. The local physicians examined the cranium and found it proportionately large, with more teeth than the white race of today. The skeleton was taken to Mansfield and has been lost sight of entirely. Some trinkets were found in the mound but anything like an accurate description of them cannot be had. One article was something like a mortar, holding about a half pint, made of blue clay. This was kept in the bar room of the hotel as a curiosity but has long since been lost sight of."

If local physicians from 1829 or 1959 examine a human skeleton from a burial mound does it really matter in terms of a simple evaluation of physical anatomy. Of course, if you want more detailed information such as dating, disease identification etc... of the skeletal material, today's science is much more useful. Professionals like to believe that all good science began recently. That is nonsense. The reality is that these accounts are based on observations the family dog could make, descriptions of skeletal remains, double rows of teeth, enormous jaw bones and massive skulls. Burial Mound=Human Skeletons, Skeptic=Feeble.

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