INDIAN GRAVES YIELD
Flood waters near Berryville. Virginia unearth a 7 1/2 foot skeleton of an ancient human. Of course, when this human, to whom the bones belonged, was alive in the flesh he would have been more like 7 feet. 9 inches tall. Also, this skeleton like some others found in the same area had generally 2 to 3 times the mass as that of contemporary humans. The grave where the skeleton was found was centrally located amongst other graves, perhaps, testifying to the important position in society that the owner of these bones once held. Another find, much larger than the first, was on the farm of Felix McManus, near Berryville, Virginia This is supposed to be an old Indian cemetery, and the unearthing was done by floods when the Shenandoah River was unusually high. Practically the same sort of relics were found, including a tomahawk. The graves were grouped around a center one in which the skeleton measured seven and one-half feet.
A 7 1/2 foot skeleton in Virginia is a significant find in the study of ancient humans. This skeleton, along with others found in the same area, have generally 2 to 3 times the mass of contemporary humans, which suggests that the people who lived during that time were much larger and stronger than we are today. The fact that the grave where the skeleton was found was centrally located amongst other graves indicates that the owner of these bones once held an important position in society. It is fascinating to think about the stories and history that this skeleton holds and what it could tell us about ancient civilizations. This discovery provides valuable insights into the physical characteristics and way of life of ancient humans, and the preservation of the skeleton is crucial for future scientific research.
(THE NEW YORK TIMES, JUNE 81 1924 – VIII, 2:7.)