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Westmoreland County – EIGHT OR NINE FEET HIGH


Bones of Supposed Mound Builder Those of Man Eight or Nine Feet High.

Dr. W. J. Holland, curator of the Carnegie museum, Pittsburgh, and his
assistant, Dr. Peterson, a few1 i Forestry Magazine. This days ago opened up a mound of the ancient race that Inhabited this section and se
cured the skeleton of a man who when in the flesh was between eight
and nine feet in height, says a Greensburg (Pn.) dispatch to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
This mound, which was originallyabout 100 feet long and more than 12
feet high,.’has been somewhat worndown by time. It is on the J. B.
^Becrist farm in South Huntington township. This farm lias been in the
Secrist naW for more tlfan a century.
The most interesting feature in the recent excavation was the mummified
torso of the human body, which the experts figured was laid to rest at least 400\ years ago. Portions of the bones dug up and the bones in the legs. Prof. Peterson declares, are those of a person between eight and nine feet in height. The scientist figures that this skeleton was the framework of-a person of the prehistoric race that inhabited this section before the American Indians.’
The torso and the portions of the big skeleton were shipped to the Carnegie museum. Drs. .Holland and Peterson supervised the explorations
on the Secrist mound with liie greatest of eare. The curators believe the
than whose skeleton they secured belonged to the mound builder class.

  1. The Bemidji daily pioneer. [volume], November 19, 1920, Page 2, Image 2
  2. Essex County herald. [volume], January 06, 1921, Image 8
  3. The midland journal., September 30, 1921, Image 5
  4. The silver state. [volume], April 23, 1921, Page TWO, Image 2
  5. The Bienville Democrat. [volume], January 06, 1921, Image 3
  6. The Washington times. [volume], May 04, 1921, FINAL EDITION, Page 10, Image 10
  7. Coast Side Comet, 1920

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