- San Diego Union August 5, 1947
- LOS ANGELES, Aug., 4 (AP)- A retired Ohio doctor has
discovered relics of an ancient civilization, whose men were 8 or 9 feet
tall, in the Colorado desert near the Arizona-Nevada-California line, an
associate said today.
- Howard E. Hill, of Los Angeles, speaking before the Transportation
Club, disclosed that several well preserved mummies were taken yesterday
from caverns in an area roughly 180 miles square, extending through much
of southern Nevada from Death Valley, Calif., across the Colorado River
- Hill said the discoverer is Dr. F. Bruce Russell, retired
Cincincatti physician, who stumbled on the first of several tunnels in
1931, soon after coming West and deciding to try mining for his health.
- MUMMIES FOUND
- Not until this year, however, did Dr. Russell go into
the situation thoroughly, Hill told the luncheon. With Dr. Daniel S. Bovee,
of Los Angeles - who with his father helped open up New Mexico's cliff
dwellings - Dr. Russell has found mummified remains, together with implements
of the civilization, which Dr. Bovee had tentatively placed at about 80,000
- " These giants are clothed in garments consisting
of a medium length jacket and trouser extending slightly below the knees
," Hill said. "The texture of the material is said to resemble
gray dyed sheepskin, but obviously it was taken from an animal unknown
- MARKINGS DISCOVERED
- Hill said that in another cavern was found the ritual
hall of the ancient people, together with devices and markings similar
to those now used by the Masonic order. In a long tunnel were well preserved
remains of animals, including elephants and tigers. So far, Hill added,
no women have been found.
- He said the explorers believe that what they found was
the burial place of the tribes hierarchy. Hieroglyphics, he added, bear
a resemblance to what is known of those from the lost continent of Atlantis.
They are chiseled, he added, on carefully polished granite.
- He said Dr. Viloa V. Pettit, of London, who made excavations
around Petra, on the Arabian desert, soon will begin an inspection of the