Greater Ancestors

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In Staunton Park (L), A triangular park near the western end of the town, is a conical Indian Burial Mound, 175 feet in circumference at the base and 30 feet high. Ornaments Stone Weapons, fragments of pottery – and 14 human skeletons – one more than seven feet long – were found when the mound was opened by the Federal Government in 1883.

An important discovery was made in 1883 in Staunton Park, West Virginia, where a conical Indian Burial Mound was excavated by the Federal Government. Among the findings were 14 human skeletons, one of which measured more than seven feet in length. This is a rare and significant discovery that could provide valuable insights into the lives and culture of the people who once inhabited the area.

It is crucial that we preserve these skeletons for scientific study and research. The knowledge we could gain from the analysis of these skeletons could shed light on ancient burial practices, migration patterns, and even health conditions of the people who lived in the area centuries ago. It is imperative that we learn as much as we can about our history and the people who came before us, and this discovery provides a unique opportunity to do so.

Unfortunately, history has shown us that such discoveries have been mishandled in the past, and we have lost valuable insights into our past because of it. It is essential that we take steps to ensure that these skeletons are preserved and studied in a responsible and ethical manner.

I urge you all to join me in advocating for the preservation and research of these 14 human skeletons discovered in Staunton Park. Let us work together to ensure that we do not lose this invaluable opportunity to learn more about our past. Together, we can ensure that the legacy of these individuals is not forgotten and that their stories continue to be told for generations to come.

  1. West Virginia, A Guide to the Mountain State, 1952, pg.488, Staunton Park, West Virginia, 1883. 

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