Deriv; The Sutton Letter, courtesy authors, and a human skull. Representational image only.

The Giants of Doddridge County: Burials of a Vanished Race – Part I

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“The body had evidently been placed in a sitting position on a large flat rock with the legs extended toward the large mound. Skull, chest, and pelvic bones were in one mass on top of the rock. The leg and foot bones extended beyond the rock in the direction of the larger mound.”

Interestingly, Sutton notes that even though no “artifacts or articles of adornment were found with the skeletal remains”, he and his assistant, Page Lockard, felt that the burial was “very unusual”, and that “the person who had been buried here was of more than average importance.”

Page Lockard himself seems to have had great interest in this particular skeleton:

“Mr. Lockard collected the bones and took them home with him.”

Sutton later removed the large stone upon which the skeleton was found, uncovering four cache blades, pipe fragments, a bone awl, flint scraper, black arrowhead, and a bluish gray banner stone broken in two.

Significantly, a comparative study reveals that the newspaper accounts, published 29 years before Sutton’s own document, were almost perfectly accurate in their details.

For example, the Clarksburg Daily Exponent notes that the first evidence of burial in the Zahn-Maxwell mound was “charcoal lumps and some evidence of burnt bone” found in an excavation trench from the east side of the mound.

Artifacts from Doddridge County Mounds in Sutton Report

Artifacts from Doddridge County Mounds in Sutton Report, courtesy authors.

Sutton himself describes the same area containing “dark organic material” and “bits of ashes and charcoal”.

The Exponent also mentions that “the entire mound had been covered by loose rocks”, while Sutton states that the “mound was covered with a good protective layer of rock, sandstone, of varying sizes”.

The Exponent describes the sandstone disk as three inches (7.6 centimeters) in diameter, with Sutton’s report giving the same diameter and a thickness of 3/16ths of an inch (0.48 centimeters). The Exponent even accurately describes the artifacts discovered by Sutton beneath the large stone platform in the Zahn Mound:

“…beneath the large rock upon which he (the burial) sat were buried his pipe, banner stone, arrow heads, spear points, and other instruments chipped from flint rocks.”

Sealed in Clay

Regarding the body being “hermetically sealed”, the Exponent suggests that the body had been “covered and sealed” in clay which was then heated in a process during which were “many different applications of clay and many different bakings,” which mirrors Sutton’s own interpretation that “the body had been encased in the puddled clay and then the clay baked or heated”.

The Charleston Gazette mentions that this skeleton, “enclosed in a casting of clay” was the “best preserved” in the mound, “with all the vertebrae and other bones excepting the skull” intact. This matches Sutton’s description of the burial, mentioning that “this was the first complete skeleton found, and that the “skull of this skeleton still remains in the mound”.

The purpose of this digression is to illustrate that in this rare instance, the accuracy of a newspaper account of mound excavations can be discerned by cross reference with the actual work of the excavator. The data presented by the two press articles is of near accuracy in regards to those features also described by Sutton himself, except for some discrepancies in mound size. This is in stark contradiction to the assumptions of critics of giantology who frequently attribute the claims of the press relating to excavations in the 19th and 20th centuries to pure sensationalism.

Giant Skeletons

One crucial element missing from Ernest Sutton’s report are the measurements of skeletons. However, there is evidence between the two newspaper accounts and Sutton’s report that would suggest that the claims of gigantic skeletons were also accurate. Both the Exponent and the Gazette attribute one gigantic frame to the Zahn-Maxwell mound (Do-2). The discrepancy is that the Exponent claims the “seven feet, six inches tall” skeleton was found near the center of the mound, while the Gazette mentions that it was the clay casted skeleton which was “seven and a half feet tall”. Since both articles, and Sutton himself, note that this clay casted burial was the best-preserved skeleton in the mound, we submit that this could have represented one of the two giants supposedly found on site.

The only other skeleton from the site with remains sufficiently intact for measurement, according to Sutton, would be the single burial in the stone chamber from the Zahn Mound (Do-1). Since the press reports unanimously attributed the 7.6-foot-tall skeleton to the Zahn-Maxwell Mound (Do-2), it would stand to reason that the single burial from the Zahn Mound (Do-1) was the source for the nine-foot tall skeleton reported by both the Exponent and the Gazette. Could the extraordinary size of this skeleton have been the reason why Page Lockard took it away?

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Barry Sears's picture

 Hi Tsurugi,

We have a most valuable position in comprehending life as we have traditional, perhaps more spiritual theories about life and we have available contemporary science and theories but also global information available at our fingertips. We therefore are in the position of evaluating all such information and filtering the relevant and important aspect for our individual analysis.

As you have read the website you will notice some rather interesting global trends. Sorry for the downloads, these complete the articles, all are only a couple of pages. You may have picked up from the foundation article that a very enlightening pattern to nature is evident, relative to the formation of the Earth itself. As I have been introduced to the planetary motion concept, as a more natural organic process, I consider the notion the planets move on a natural formation cycle towards the sun. 

The statistics I provided clearly show the number of days each planet has in a year. This offers an alternative or more logical and mathematically correct hypothesis. The theory does not alter the standard contemporary idea, of the rotation period slowing down it concludes that combined with an inward movement towards the sun, the statistics become realistic and correct. To grasp the time speeding up idea, imagine sitting on the Earth if the Earth was further from the Sun. Longer days and longer years would exist and as you move closer the days get shorter and the years shorter, this would be like time is speeding up. When considering this theory of planetary movement it offers a logical evolutionary process that explains why or how sizes of animals have become smaller and have adapted to warmer environmental conditions.

The Website as you may have grasped by the first part of the articles, as you didn't download the articles, has identified the pattern in nature with the traditional anatomical beliefs and these correlate to the same pattern recorded as ancient monuments, each parts of the one design, representing the same concept. For about 25 years I have been viewing variation in animal dynamics and features and discovering why animal features are connected to each region of the World, correlated to the physical recognition of the World structure. This is the emphasis of the New Perspective website but the philosophy gives in-site into many subjects, including planetary evolution and motion.  

Tsurugi's picture

Ok, I'm not sure I can make sense of all of that(time speeds up? what??), are you answering my question in there somewhere? If so, I can't find it. I went to your website to try and find an answer and I succeeded (I think). You say planets have a lifecycle that corresponds with their position in a star system, starting way out in the outer reaches, moving inward and becoming gas giants, then disgorging their core to become an inner system solid planet, becoming hotter all the while as they move closer to the sun. So you mean all of the planets, not just earth.

There are fossil corals that appear to indicate a 420-day year, and some that indicate a 410 day year, etc, implying that earth is slowing its rotation speed over time. Classical Newtonian physics attributes this slowdown to friction, basically a transfer of kinetic energy from Earth to the moon by way of oceans and tides. So the earth slows its rotating while the moon increases its orbital velocity, resulting in longer days and an increasing distance to the moon, all of which generally check out and make sense to me.

But classical physics has its problems and I have a hard time trusting academics these days, so I don't mind other theories being proposed. The question then becomes "Is there anything your new idea explains that conventional theories do not?" Also, what are some conditions which, if observed to be true, falsify your theory?

I would have read more about your ideas but your website wanted me to download something to continue reading, which I did not want to do.

Barry Sears's picture

 Hi Tsurugi,

I hope the new posting on the other thread has clarified what the statistics suggest. When considering the coral ring research, one option is to consider that the Earth is slowing down in it's rotation.

If you analise the coral data assuming Earth is at the same distance from the sun, then a year would be the same revolution but at 420 days, each day would be 20 hours and 51 minutes.

This is a difference of 3 hours and 9 minutes. Now digital time suggests the Earth's rotation is slowing at a rate of 2 milliseconds per hundred years. This equates to one second for 500,000 years. If this rate is constant then for 3 hrs and 9 minutes or 11,340 seconds it would take the Earth 56.7 billion years to change this period of time. As these figures don't work alternative factors must be involved. 

The other thread details that the statistics above are for how many days per year if you are living on each planet. Another way of considering why Earth had 420 days is by increasing it's distance from the sun and therefore increasing the time for a year or revolution. This scenario has logical evolutionary variations with regards to the size of fosilised species from the past. At a distance further from the sun although a year would have more days it could have a longer day as with the longer revolution and so this time consideration would sustain the larger species. It would also suggest that global warming is a natural process. Species become smaller as time speeds up and adaptive changes are made due to warmer circumstances. 

Assuming the Earth does not change it's position or distance from the sun and is slowing is a possibility but other logical options are perhaps more likely considering larger time scales and the evolutionary history presented to us.

Tsurugi's picture

"...we know that rotation is relative to the distance from the sun."

Do you mean Earth's rate of rotation correlates to increases and decreases in its distance from the sun? Or that rotation of anything is relative to distance from the sun?

If you meant the latter, that isn't true. Rotation periods are all over the place, there isn't a steady increase in rotation periods as distance to the sun increases.
There is a steady increase in orbital periods as distance from the sun increases, for obvious reasons.

If you meant the former--that Earth's rate of rotation increases and decreases in concert with its distance from the sun, I'd like to see some information on that, if you've got any links.

It's flat.

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