A RACE OF GIANTS
Mr. Hazelton, who is on a visit to Cartersville, received a letter from Bartow County. The letter contained several beads made of bone and gave an interesting account of the opening of a large Indian mound near the town by a committee of scientists sent out from the Smithsonian Institute. After removing the dirt for some distance, a layer of flagstones was found. These flagstones had evidently been dressed by hand and indicated the skill of the men who quarried them.
The stones were removed, revealing a vault beneath them where the skeleton of a giant measuring seven feet two inches was discovered. The giant had coarse black hair that hung to the waist, and his brow was adorned with a copper crown. The skeleton was remarkably well-preserved and was taken from the vault intact.
Near the giant’s skeleton, the bodies of several children of various sizes were found. These bodies were covered with bone beads. Upon removing the beads, it was discovered that the bodies were enclosed in a network of straw or cedar, with a covering of animal skin beneath. In fact, the bodies had been prepared in a manner similar to mummies. These findings are expected to shed new light on the history of the people who constructed these mounds.
Carved inscriptions were found on the stones that covered the vault. If deciphered, these inscriptions may reveal the hidden history of the race of giants that once inhabited this continent.
- Salt Lake Herald-Republican | 1884-04-03 | Page 3 | A Race of Giants
- The Daily Commonwealth, Topeka, Kansas, 18 Apr 1884, Fri • Page 3