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Browntown 14 Feet High

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Giant’s Skeleton


Browntown, W. Va., April 5. A remarkable discovery was made by Harry Berry, a teamster, near the wharf landing. The recent flood had washed away a portion of the bank at that point and exposed to view a skeleton, which when dug out of the bank was found to be of enormous size. The skeleton was evidently that of an Indian. A pipe and tomahawk were found by his side. The skeleton was in a fair state of preservation and is 14 feet in length. The skull, jaws, and teeth of the red man were well preserved.

Three weeks ago, the municipal authorities of Central City, near Huntington, this State, began the work of removing a prehistoric mound located in Madison Avenue. On Monday, when at a distance of 12 feet from the base of the mound, the excavators found a partly preserved skeleton, surrounded by a wall of rude trinkets. The skeleton measured six feet eight inches in length and was of massive proportions. The skull, the ribs, and all the larger bones of the limbs were in an almost perfect state of preservation.

Near the feet and at a position presumably marking the resting places of the limbs, were found heavy bracelets, and after the mold was burnished from the trinkets, it was found that they were of the purest beaten copper. Eight of these bracelets were discovered. There was also found a curiously inscribed piece of partly petrified wood, believed to be hickory. Local scholars who have examined this find believe that the inscription marks the totem legend of some tribe long since departed. There were also found a number of arrowheads and stone hatchets.

1. The Bryan Times – Apr 13 1899
2. Shepherdstown register., June 25, 1908, Image 2

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