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The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged A Lost Race of Giants - Part 1

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One of the most controversial subjects regarding the ancient prehistoric cultures of North America concerns what we refer to as the Unique Physical Types (UPT). For the purposes of what follows, these UPT are often gigantic humanoid skeletons with hyper elongated or high-vaulted crania, occasional extra or pathological detentions (including several reports of double or triple rows of teeth), and are usually discovered in the burial mounds and associated graveyards of the Adena-Hopewell, Archaic Cultures, and Southeastern Ceremonial Complex.

It is common today for alternative history researchers to tell the story of how these beings were discovered en masse throughout the 19 th and early 20 th centuries. Historians, antiquarians, and archaeologists recorded the discovery of the Unique Physical Types all over the United States, with a large concentration found in the mounds and earthworks of the Ohio River Valley and along the Mississippi River.  These accounts can be found in any number of county, township, and state histories, as well as anthropological literature from both inside and outside of the Smithsonian Institution. Here are several examples:

Kentucky: “From a mound on the farm of Edin Burrowes, near Franklin, were exhumed, in May, 1841, at a depth of over 12 feet, several human skeletons. One, of extraordinary dimensions, was found between what appeared to have been two logs, covered with a wooden slab. Many of the bones were entire. The under jaw-bone was large enough to fit over the jaw, flesh and all, of any common man of the present day. The thigh-bones were full six inches longer than those of any man in Simpson County. Teeth, arms, ribs, and all, gave evidence of a giant of a former race”. (History of Kentucky, Lewis Collins)

Jo Daviess County, Illinois : “The mounds on the bluff have nearly all been opened within the last two or three years…In all that have been opened the excavators have found in the center a pit that was evidently dug about two and a half feet below the original surface of the ground…The bones in this pit indicate a race of gigantic stature, buried in a sitting posture around the sides of the pit, with legs extending toward the center”. (The History of Joe Daviess County)

“Near the original surface, 10 or 12 feet from the center (of the mound), on the lower side, lying at full length upon its back, was one of the largest skeletons discovered by the Bureau agents, the length as proved by actual measurement being between 7 and 8 feet. It was all clearly traceable…” (12 th Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology)

Kanawha Valley, West Virginia : “No 11 is now 35 by 40 feet at the base and 4 feet high. In the center, 3 feet below the surface, was a vault 8 feet long and 3 feet wide. In the bottom of this, among the decayed fragments of bark wrappings, lay a skeleton fully 7 feet long, extended at full length on the back, head west…. Nineteen feet from the top…in the remains of a bark coffin, a skeleton, measuring 7.5 feet in length and 19 inches across the shoulders, was discovered”.  (12 th Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology)

“Within the village of Brownstown, ten miles above Charleston and just below the mouth of Lens creek, is another such ancient burying ground…At Brownstown, not long since, two skeletons were found together, one a huge frame about seven feet in length and the other about four feet, a dwarf and deformed”. (History of the Great Kanawha Valley)

Mounds in Dunbar and South Charleston recorded by the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1884

Florida: “Pursuing my investigations, and excavating further toward the south east face of the mound, I came upon the largest stone ax I have ever seen or that had ever been found in this section of the country. Close to it was the largest and most perfect cranium of the mound…Near by the side of this skull were the right femoris, the tibia, the humerus, and part of the radius, with a portion of the pelvis directly under the skull…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 two hours it crumbled to pieces, except small portions. According to measurement of the bones of this skeleton, its height must have been quite 7 feet”. (Annual Report of the Boards of Regents of the Smithsonian)

Digital sketch, ancient Florida giant.

Digital sketch, ancient Florida giant. Image courtesy of Marcia K. Moore, Ciamar Studio .

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could any of these individuals have thyroid condition??

These anomalies are most definitely a product of a disorder altering the production of growth hormone, or somatotrophic hormone. I believe this is clear, as hypersecretion leads to Gigantism even in children. In adults it causes a condition known as Acromegaly, which results in enlarged hands, jawbone and brows, just as is described of these giants throughout these two articles. However, I'm afraid to say that this disorder is not brought about by the thyroid gland, but rather the anterior lobe of the pituatary gland. It is an absolutely fascinating topic.

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Except that all of the conditions you list are basically malformations, and the bone material of people suffering from these conditions is easily recognizable by its asymmetrical, lumpy, puffy appearance.

Yet this is never mentioned in all the hundreds of reports I've seen. Instead, what is remarked on is the robustness of the bone, the teeth, etc., which are often said to be "perfect". A picture of health, not disease, in other words.

Readers will note the sparsity of these reports in relation to what was also being discovered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Certainly they were anomalous discoveries, but nowhere do they indicate a lost race of "giants", they merely show that "giantism" was as rare in the distant past as it is today. The ratio of more normal proportioned skeletons at the same archaeological strata and sites to giants is more than 10,000 to 1, if not more.

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To come to that conclusion you ignore the fact that the reports of discoveries of giant skeletons also noted other anomalous features of said skeletons; such as elongated crania or double dentition, for example. This makes it unlikely to be merely gigantism.

Also, the reports clearly state that the giant skeletons were most often found not in the mounds with the rest of the normal skeletons, but below the mounds, in their own separate grave or tomb beneath the ground level. At the very least this implies that the giant skeletons were almost exclusively from the oldest era of mound builder culture. If they were merely representative of the normal occurrence of gigantism in any population, why weren't the giant skeletons evenly distributed throughout mound layers?

It seems to me not beyond possibility that the giants had nothing to do with the mound builders for the most part, and that the latter constructed their burial mounds atop the tombs of the former whenever they found them. The tombs of the giants may have already been ancient when the mound builders found them.

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