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The Bones of Indians Found In
Maryland That Indicate n
Giant Race. 7 feet Tall
From the Philadelphia Times. 7 feet Tall

There has just been received at the Maryland Academy of Science the skeleton of an Indian seven feet tall. It was discovered near Antletam ten days ago. There are now skeletons of three powerful Indians at the academy who, at one time in their wildness, roamed over the state of Maryland armed with such instruments as nature gave them, or that their limited skill taught them to make. Two of these skeletons belonged to individuals evidently of gigantic size. The vertebrae and bones of the legs are nearly as
thick as those of a horse, and length of the long bones exceptiontahl.e The skulls are of fine proportions, ample ,with walls of modern thickness, but of great strength, and stiffened behind a powerful occipital ridge. The curves of the forehead are moderate and not retreating suggesting intelligence, and connected with jaws of moderate development. 7 feet Tall
The locality from which these skeletons came is in Frederick county near
Antietam creek. It was formerly supposed to have been the battleground of two tribes of Indians – the Catawbas and the Delawares.

Tradition has handed down the statement that be- tween the years 1730 and 1736 the Catawbas overtook a band of Delawares at the mouth of Antietam, and in the battle tat ensued the Delawares  were completely annihilated. So the tradition goes, but according to Dr. Philip R. Uhler, president of the Mary- land Academy of Science, and provost
of the Peabody institute, a careful examination of this locality has failed to establish evidences of a battle at this point, although numerous spear and arrow heads have been taken from the soil there. It is of great interest, however, to notice that the locality was at an earlier date before the coming of the white man occupied as a village site by Indians of great stature, some of great stature some of them six and a half feet in height The bones of these were buried like prehistoric tribes in other parts of the state. The manner of the burial was like this: The flesh was cleaned from the bones, some of the some of them which were charred. The small bones of the face
and neck were packed in cavity of the skull, and a round hole about two and one-half feet wide was dug in the ground, in which skeleton
was buried and carefully packed with clay. Into the grave was also placed
pottery, a tomahawk and the other weapons belonging to the Indian. \,>
No stone marked the grave, and no beads
or wampum were buried with the skeleton.
But over all, the earth was heaped up Into a small oblong mound,
along which other similar mounds extended
for many feet. The overflows
of a neighboring river at this point had
almost destroyed the burial area, so that only three of these small elevations
were recognizable at the time of excavation.

The Saint Paul globe., February 25, 1898, Page 8, Image 8

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