Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Your Daily Giant 8/13/2013

Today's Daily Giant is from the Twelfth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution, 1894 pg 426. An account of the opening of a burial mound in Kanawha County, West Virginia by Professor P. W. Norris of the Smithsonian is given. This find was also reported in the New York Times and several other places. "

At the depth of 14 feet a rather large human skeleton was found, which was in a partially upright position with the back against a hard clay wall. All the bones were badly decayed, except those of the left wrist, which had been preserved by two heavy copper bracelets...Nineteen feet from the top the bottom of this debris was reached, where, in the remains of a bark coffin, a skeleton, measuring 7 1/2 feet in length and 19 inches across the shoulders was discovered. Each wrist was encircled by six heavy copper bracelets, similar to that shown in Fig. 299, which represents one of the twelve."

Heavy copper bracelets are reported many times with these giant skeletal finds. Unfortunately there is not more anatomical information in this report. This mound was made by the Adena people. When other Adena mounds were opened later on in the 1950's by University of Kentucky Anthropologists Webb and Snow and Carnegie Anthropologist Dragoo, a seven foot skeleton with an unusually thick skull was found and a seven foot two inch skeleton was unearthed with massive jawbone and very robust skeletal structure.

The starting point for the debate about giants is that many ancient mounds yielded over seven foot skeletons, sometimes well over seven with anatomic peculiarities. From there the discussion can start about skulls twice the normal size and eight, nine and ten foot skeletons. I would hope the skeptic could begin a discussion in that place, a place widely agreed upon. To start talking about hoaxes and mastodons shows the person making the claims has to do more investigation. Even if the story ended by what is openly recognized by sober professionals, it is alarming that it is not more widely known by the general public. That Ancient America was home to over 100,000 earthen pyramids, geometric forms, effigy mounds and burial mounds which often yielded over seven foot skeletons with amazing artifacts, built with by a people who had a firm grasp on complex engineering, math and geometry. Copper crowns, treasures of pearls, understanding the 18.61 metonic cycle of the moon and predicting eclipses, is that not worth more attention? Personally, my experience tells me that the story does not end there, that much larger skeletons were unearthed and history is far more strange than we have been led to believe.

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