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7′ Skeletons Giants in Alaska


Ancient Cemetery Uncovered in the Atlin Gold District.

Special Dispatch to The Call. VANCOUVER, Nov. 17.—James L. Perkinson, an American miner of Atlin, arrived here to-day with news of the finding of a number of skeletons in an ancient Indian cemetery in the north, which is of startling scientific interest.

Perkinson is one of the owners of the Yellow Jacket, a rich claim . which Is supposed to be the fountain head of Pine, the principal creek in Atlin district. Two weeks ago the first excavations were being made for a new tunnel and what appears to have been an old Indian
burying ground was opened up.

Five skeletons, nearly complete, were
exhumed and each is the set of bones
that belonged to a giant of prehistoric
times. One of the skeletons measures over
seven feet in length, so that the man
must have been considerably over that height. Then there were two others of within an/Inch of seven feet and the remaining two “were more than six feet in length and the men were of gigantic frame.
The altitude Is high and the ground was half frozen, 80 that the bones were preserved almost intact Perkinson says that .he expects if they had kept on digging they would have found many more, as these were lying comparatively close together.
The bones of the fingers and toes bad crumbled away, but the linger of one skeleton hand was sufficiently •strong to hold a ring of what appears to be lead or some similar base, metal. The skeletons were unusually well formed, but one unique feature was that the arms were several inches shorter than ordinarily appears, while the size of. the bones of the forearm was enormous in comparison to the usual models, Beside two of the skeletons were spears, rudely shaped with a soft metal •
and pointed with sharp stones. The spears were only about three feet long and five’ Inches thick at the top. tapering at the lower end. The top contained a socket into which a wooden shaft was probably placed, in order to wield the big piece of metal. Other pieces of stone and carved
metal were found..

This is what the 5 skeletons would look like, the tallest being 7 feet.

The general physical appearance of.the. skeletons, according to the cursory examination of the miners, was similar to that of the-Indians of the present day. They were certainly of the flathead type of tribes. That the burying place Is of.ancient origin’ Is evidenced by the fact that the Indians say none of their tribesmen have lived within fifty miles of this place as far back as stories have been handed down. There are several mounds, presumably made by the Indian’s in the vicinity of the new mine tunnel ,now being extended.

The San Francisco call., November 18, 1900, Image 14

About The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913

Location of Atlin in SE corner of Alaska