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Antietam, Maryland Giant Skeletons

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From The Baltimore American
There ha.« just teen received at the Maryland
Academy of B< rlences the skeleton of an Indian
sevi a feet tail, it was dlacovered near Antletam
ten days ago.
There are now skeletona <>t three powerful
Indians at th.- academy who at one time In
their wlldnesa roamed over the Btate of Mary¬
land armed with su« h Instruments as nature
garve them or that th«-¡r limited skill taught
them to make Two of these akeletona belonged
to individuals evidently of gigantic alte, The
vertebrae and bones of the less an- nearly as
thick as ibnas of a horse, and the length <«f the
long bones is exceptions!.
The skulls ait- of lin«, proportions, ample, and
with wail–, of moderate thickness, but of gr«-at
strength, and stiffened behind by a powerful
occipital ridge. The curves of the forehead anrn
«derate and not retreating, sugg«sting Intel«
ligence and connected with jaws «if moderate ds«
Tradition has banded down the statement that
between the y«-ars 17o<» and \~’.’,Vi the CatawtkSS
overtook a bond of Delawares at the mouth <«f
the Antletam, and in th«- battle that ensued the
Delawares were completely annihilated. So the
tradition goes, but, according to Dr. Philip It.
TJhler, president of th«- Maryland Academy of
Sciences a careful examination of this locality
has failed t«> establish evidences of a battle at
this point, although numerous sp«-ar anil arrow
h«-a.]s have been tak<-n from tin- soil there.
it is of greal interest, however, tn notice that
the locaMty was at an earlier date, b«-for<- the
coming of the white man occupied as a village
Bite by Indians of great Stature, some of them
six and a half to seven feet in height
Tin- manner of burial was iik<- this: The Besa
was i leaned from th«- boms, som<» of whi« h were
than chaired. The small boms of the face ami
nook were packed in the cavity of th«- skull, snd
a round hoi«- about two and a half f«-«-f wide,
was dug In th- ground, ‘n which th« sk«!«-t-«n
was burled ami carefully packed with clay, in
th«- grave was also pinteii pottery, a tomahawk
an«) other weapona belonging to th«. Indians
Tie earth was heaped Up Into a small, oblong
mound, along Which Other similar rnoumls extemb-
d for many feet The overflown of a neigh«
borlng river at this point had slmosl ttatroyed
the liurlal an-a SO that only three of these small elevations were recognisable at the time of ex¬


  1. New-York tribune., November 21, 1897, Page 11, Image 41
  2. About New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924
  3. Salt Lake Herald-Republican | 1897-11-14 | Page 20 | Bones of Giant Indians
  4. Baltimore America
  5. The Sterling Democrat, October 14, 1898
  6. The Colorado Weekly Chieftain, December 23, 1897
  7. Kansas City Journal, 1897.  
  8. The Colorado Daily Chieftain, December 17, 1897



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