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Worcestor County – Nearly Eight Feet Tall

Indians Were Giants.

From the Baltimore American, Gigantic skeletons of prehistoric Indians nearly eight feet tall have been discovered along the banks of the Choptank river, in this state, by employees of the Maryland Academy of science. The remains are at The academy’s building on Franklin street, where they are being articulated and re- stored by the academy expert, John Widkeon, negro. They will be placed on public exhibition early in the fall.
The collection comprises eight skeletons, of which some are women and children. They are not all complete, but all the larger bones have been found, and there is at least one complete specimen of an adult man. The excavations were in progress for months, and the discovery is considered one of the most important from the standpoint of anthropology in Mary- land in a number of years. The remains are believed to be at least 1,000 years old. The formation of the ground above and the location of the graves gives every evidence of this. During the excavations the re- Indians of the camps of later Indians were revealed. These consisted of oyster shell heaps, charred and burned earth and fragments of cooking utensils. These discoveries were made fully ten feet above the graves which contained the gigantic skeletons.

The discovery of gigantic skeletons of prehistoric Indians along the banks of the Choptank river in Maryland is a significant find from the standpoint of anthropology. The excavation of these remains provides insight into the physical characteristics and lifestyles of these prehistoric people, believed to be at least 1,000 years old. The collection of eight skeletons, including women and children, will be articulated and restored for public exhibition, providing an opportunity for researchers and the general public to learn about the history of the region. The excavation also revealed evidence of the camps of later Indians, providing a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural changes in the area. The preservation of these skeletons is crucial for advancing our knowledge of prehistoric people and their way of life.

  1. Maryland, Worcester County, 1906

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