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Washington County, Nearly 8 feet

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It is customary to think of the fields of important archaeological explorations as faraway places in Egypt and Asia. Now, a local expedition has made an excavation of tremendous interest not in the valley of the Nile but in the backyard of Pittsburgh. It has dug up the bones of a race which flourished centuries before the Indians ruled the forests of Western Pennsylvania.

The discovery made at Elrama, between Elizabeth and Monongahela, by the exploration party headed by G.S. Fisher, state archaeologist, and member of the Pennsylvania Historical Commission, is of a nature to bring a thrill to the coldest imagination. There in the valley of the mills and mines, a center of modern industrial progress, the explorers unearthed the bones of the mound builders.

The bright September moon shines down tonight upon the graves of the long dead as it did those many centuries ago when the mound builders placed the bodies of their chiefs in the earth. How many thousand moons have reached the full and waned again since the mound builders lived and loved and buried their dead in the valley of the Monongahela? The men who dig back for the record can only conjecture.

The bones of the long dead, one set forming a skeleton nearly 8 feet tall; arrow points, flint knives, bear tusks, two copper beads; the burial mound itself – these are the links that connect the valley of the mills and mines with antiquity. G.S. Fisher and his aides, through painstaking perseverance, have unearthed a fragment of a fascinating mystery story – the mystery of the race whose power rose and fell before history itself began in Western Pennsylvania.

Make no mistake about it, the finding of a nearly eight foot skeleton is no small matter. Currently there are only 3 people on planet earth that are 8 feet tall. 3 people out of 7.9 Billion 3/7,900,000,000 people have this height. 8 Foot skeletons were found frequent in the 1800’s and they were all mishandled by the scientific community at that time. They were not valuable to the narrative, and the direction that the scientific community wanted to head into. Cherry-picking evidence doesn’t provide answers, it only makes it easier for teachers to provide the same answers, and in this case easier to provide the acceptable wrong answers. 

  1. 1932. Pittsburgh paper.

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