Illustration from "Mundus subterraneus" - suggesting that fossil bones were from giants

The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged a Lost Race of Giants - Part 2

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“This individual was of large proportions. When measured in the tomb his length was approximately 7.04 feet. All the long bones were heavy and possessed marked eminences for the attachment of muscles.” (Mounds for the Dead, by Don Dragoo, 1963).

A burial mound of the Adena Culture. Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, West Virginia

A burial mound of the Adena Culture. Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, West Virginia ( Wikimedia Commons )

This discovery, as well as a review of Webb’s earlier work at the Dover Mound, influenced Dragoo’s remarkable observations on Adena anthropology:

“Two outstanding traits have been noted repeatedly for this group. One is the protruding and massive chin often with prominent bilateral protrusions. The second trait is the large size of many of the males and some of the females. A male of six feet was common and some individuals approaching seven feet in height have been found, for example, Burial 40 in the Dover Mound and Burial 54 in the Cresap Mound. Some of the females in the Dover Mound also were more than six feet in height. Not only were these Adena people tall but also the massiveness of the bones indicates powerfully built individuals. The head was generally big with a large cranial capacity”. (Mounds for the Dead, by Don Dragoo, 1963).

To Webb, Snow, and Dragoo, the evidence clearly pointed towards the existence of a group of genetically related elites within the Adena sphere who shared the UPT traits. The true number of these individuals had been obfuscated by the common practice of cremation:

“If, as the evidence seems to indicate, the burials in the tombs were those of a selected group such factors would have undoubtedly been of importance not only in the development of the prominent chin but also in the large stature. If only certain inbreeding individuals of the total population were members of the ‘selected group’, genetic factors would also have played an important part in the establishment of the unique Adena physical type…How wide-spread throughout the entire Adena population were the unique traits of the tomb burials is unknown but Snow’s study of the cremated remains from the Dover Mound indicated that at least some of the individuals among these cremated remains also possessed the unique traits of the flesh burials in the tombs. Because of the common practice of cremating most of the dead, we will probably never be able to determine the full extent of these special traits in the general population.” (Mounds for the Dead, by Don Dragoo, 1963).

The emerging picture is of an elite race within Late Archaic/Early Woodland societies who were often buried in the mounds, and who represented a type of “royalty”. Among these interrelated groups were UPTs. This elitism is further evidenced by the presence of extensive child and infant burials in the tombs, often accompanied by the same exotic goods as the adults including shell beads and copper rings.  Also, dental and bone anomalies have been used to establish a genetic connection between individuals at mound sites.

Gigantic discoveries are often challenged with the generic statement that average Adena were between 5’6’’ and 5’11’’ feet tall, but this argument is a conjecture of half-truth disguised as science. We are not concerned with the “average” stature of the Adena populace, but rather the irregular characteristics (and often abnormally tall stature) of their elite.

Skeletons of a male giant and a female dwarf, displayed at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Skeletons of a male giant and a female dwarf, displayed at the Royal College of Surgeons. ( Wikimedia Commons )

Besides the professional literature, so-called “amateur” archaeologists have also chronicled conclusive evidence of Unique Physical Types with a great consistency to the discoveries of Dragoo and Webb. In 1908, Louis Welles Murray recorded that at Tioga Point in Pennsylvania, remains of “a skeleton of a man six or more feet in height” beneath a cist-like grave were found. The grave itself was encased and moved to the local museum where the bones were studied by hundreds of people. Other skeletons from this same area “were of unusual size; one, judged from the length of thigh bone, to be seven feet.” (A History of Old Tioga Point and Early Athens, Pennsylvania, by Louis Welles Murray.)

In addition to these, Murray documents the examination of a large skeleton by a Professor Holbrooke:

“Judging by the thigh bone he must have been seven feet tall. The skull was much larger than usual, very thick, the forehead unusually receding, the top flattened. The jaws were extremely strong, full of large, perfect teeth.” (A History of Old Tioga Point and Early Athens, Pennsylvania, by Louis Welles Murray.)

Comments

Here's a thought...The Australian Native tribes of the Torres Island...Giants in modern day actuality, well researched but always ignored in these discussions, not only here but elsewhere too....sadly, recently extinct.

today we have large people and small people and all in between. But there is a physical limit to large size beyond which the human body cannot function or sometimes even survive. Ask about the day to day problems that even 7 footers experience. The mechanics of the body cannot function as they should if that body becomes too large. Ergo a race of giants (depending on what size you decide "giant" is) is more than extremely unlikely. For this reason, science fiction films where people are shrunk or made larger are just that - fiction.

Bemusing subject and engaging commentary so far. This 'Race of Giants' may not be so lost as one might think. Could it be that contemporary Big Foot encounters in North America, are actually sightings of some resilient Racial Remnants of an ancient gene pool of Giants or Hormonal Mutants? Just abit of brainstorming/speculation! What say you? JDMo

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Interestingly, Mormon history records that in 1834, founder Joseph Smith and others stumbled on a mound in west-central Illinois and, digging into it, found a skeleton and arrow about a foot deep into the mound. One of the witnesses wrote in his journal that the skeleton was of an “extraordinary large person or human being” and estimated the skeleton to be eight or nine feet tall based on the size of the thigh bone. Smith named him Zelph the Lamanite.

Turns out the mound is Havana Hopewell and is now known as Naples-Russell Mound Number 8 in Pike County, Illinois.    

 

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I really enjoy your site .Fantastic .Thank you so much. Maybe take some time and hava look at Giant stuff and elongated heads from some others on youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRuxw-nZoJw
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May be a rethink for some. Denial for others?

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