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Contra Costa County – Giant Indian measured over 7 Feet

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Anthropologists Intensely Interested in \ Discovery of Indian Skeletons In California. New indications that California was | once Inhabited by a race of gigantic ( I Indians was furnished when sewer dig- ! gers on Ferry and Howard streets, in i the heart of the business district of Martinez, Cal., uncovered an Indian i burial ground, with skeletons meusi a ring more than seven feet. Several skulls and one well-pre-served skeleton are to be given over to the investigators of the anthropology department of the University of California. The skulls and skeletons are declared to be of highly Important and scientific value. Discovery of the burial ground lias J revived an old Indian legend that an ‘ immense treasure of gold nuggets was Interred with a body of h chief of the ancient tribe of the giant Indians. So convinced are the residents In the truth of this legend that great crowds have thronged around the sewer diggers, largely hampering their activities, and more than a score of persons have applied to the municipal authorities for positions on the city’s sewer-digging crew. According to the ancient Indian legend, the vtost gold treasure was buried In close proximity to where the bones were recovered. Eight years ago William Alfimin, ‘ curator of the museum In Golden Gate park, San Francisco, declared that skeletons unearthed near Con cord were the most valuable contributions to the scientific investigations of the state’s prehistoric Indians.

  1. The Jefferson County Republican, Volume 2, Number 8, January 6, 1921​

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