North Carolina rejoices in the unexpected discovery, in an ancient mound, of fifty-six skeletons, some of them of great size and with “most remarkable skulls.” This is interesting. Hitherto the ancient mounds supposed to have been erected by a prehistoric race have yielded nothing more remarkable than stone hatchets, flint arrowheads, and some dishes of a quality that would have disgraced our American “pottery infancy” in its most infantile days. Skulls, however, when remarkable are of general interest. A collection of human skulls from the earliest times to the present day, could it be had, would enable scientists to write an accurate history of human development, and probably to discover what was “the missing link.” In what respect the North Carolina skulls are remarkable the dispatches do not say; but if their owners had attained only to that degree of development which the mound builders are believed to have reached, the skulls must be of most remarkable size.
- New Ulm weekly review., May 23, 1883, Image 2
This story is without details, This would be a great article for a Giant Hunter to follow up with. There are 56 skeletons “some of them of great size” with the the “Most remarkable of skulls” and yet curiosity demands a follow-up. If you live in the area and would like to be a field agent for GAWM, investigate then contact us back with what you discover.
~Chris L Lesley