UNEARTH GIANT SKELETONS
Illinois Mound Rich in Relics of- Prehistoric Days
SOME PROVE TO SE EIGHT FEET LONG
DIGGERS BELIEVE THEY HAVE FOUND AN ANCIENT BURYING GROUND.
QUINCY, 111., Nov. 13.—Excavations now going on, on the hilltop farm of Mrs. M. Crabtree, eight miles from Mount Sterling, Brown county, are revealing a large number of prehistoric relics. Tne diggers are at work upon a mound.
With the first day’s work, themound began to yield traces of handiwork of past ages and the bones of those who had wrought it and others immediately joined in the search, still going on. Thus far, several skeletons, by actual measurement eight feet long, and several pieces of remarkable pottery, beads and curious implements have been taken out.
The bones crumble badly almost as soon as they are taken In the open air.
They are so numerous that it is believed a prehistoric burying ground
has been found, greater in extent and more perfectly preserved than any yet
under the bones of each of the ancient dead were found pieces of pottery, beneath the fragments of the skulls of some of them vases, the
largest of which would easily had two gallons. Underneath one skeleton
was a curious bowl, in the center of which was the figure of a king seated
upon a log, and it is thought that these bones may be those of a great
leader of the race that once ruled this portion of the continent.
Strangest of all the articles foundwith the bones were implements that
are apparently made of bamboo, someof them evidently shaped for purposes of weaving. Vast quantities of beads were found in the mound of a strange material, almost white, and possibly made from the best of potter’s clay.
- The Evening statesman., November 13, 1906, Page SIX, Image 6