- Dear Jeff,
- While doing research on the ancient Mound Builders of
the Ohio Valley, Ross Hamilton and I came across some remarkable information.
Here in Ohio almost every county history book from the 1800s has a section
devoted to the Mound Builders. They usually give a general overview of
the Mound Builders, then a description of the mounds in the county and
what they found in the mounds that were opened. Here are a few examples
typical of the many accounts we've collected that remark on the large
size and unusual characteristics of some of the human remains:
- Historical Collections of Ohio in Two Volumes, Noble
- In Seneca township was opened, in 1872, one of the numerous
Indian mounds that abound in the neighborhood. This particular one was
locally known as the "Bates" mound. Upon being dug into it was
found to contain a few broken pieces of earthenware, a lot of flint-heads
and one or two stone implements and the remains of three skeletons, whose
size would indicate they measured in life at least eight feet in height.
The remarkable feature of these remains was they had double teeth in front
as well as in back of mouth and in both upper and lower jaws. Upon exposure
to the atmosphere the skeletons crumbled back to mother earth.
- A History of Ashtabula County, Ohio, 1878 (in two separate
- In cultivating the soil in the vicinity implements have
been found, and in excavating the ground for graves it is said that bones
have been exhumed which seemed to have belonged to a race of giants.
- This land at one time belonged to a Mr. Peleg Sweet,
who was a man of large size and full features; and it is narrated that
at one time he, in digging, came upon a skull and jaw which were of such
size that the skull would cover his head and the jaw could be easily slipped
over his face, as though the head of a giant were enveloping his ...
- (Second entry)
- The graves were, distinguished by slight depressions
in the surface of the earth, disposed in straight rows, which, with intervening
spaces or valleys, covered the entire area. The number of these graves
has been estimated to be between two and three thousand. Aaron Wright,
Esq., in 1800, made a careful examination of these depressions, and found
them invariably to contain human bones blackened with time, which upon
exposure to the air soon crumbled to dust. Some of these bones were of
unusual size, and evidently belonged to a race allied to giants. Skulls
were taken from these mounds, the cavities of which were of sufficient
capacity to admit the head of an ordinary man, and jaw-bones [sic] that
might be fitted over the face with equal facility. The bones of the upper
and lower extremities were of corresponding size.
- History of Morrow County and Ohio, 1880:
- In 1829, when the hotel was built in Chesterville, a
mound near by was made to furnish the material for the brick. In digging
it away, a large human skeleton was found, but no measurements were made.
It is related that the jaw-bone [sic] was found to fit easily over that
of a citizen of the village, who was remarkable for his large jaw. The
local physicians examined the cranium and found it proportionately large,
with more teeth than the white race of today. The skeleton was taken to
Mansfield, and has been lost sight of entirely.
- I've recently placed an article entitled "A Tradition
of Giants" on our website Serpent Mound Mysteries at: http://greatserpentmound.org/articles/giants.html.
- (Note - This is an excellent article. -ed)
- I'd like to refer you there for more information including
additional quotes from Ohio and surrounding states similar to those above.
- Warm wishes, as always,
- Patricia Mason
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