The mysterious giants of West Virginia

At the end of the 1800s, all of the giant bones known to be in existence were rounded up and put in secret storage to prevent panic amongst the people. 

Do you believe in the existence of giants in our not too distant past?  A couple of years back I wrote about some of the most convincing arguments for giants in North America.  There are several prominent cases to consider.  A good book that makes a remarkable case for the belief in them is called The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America by Richard J. Dewhurst.  The book is full of facts, figures, photographs, and some of the important scientists that have vouched for their existence.  If you are anxious to read it, you can to have it delivered to your Kindle, instantly.

Recent mysteries have pointed me in the direction of Kentucky for closer examination of extraterrestrial objects.  While digging about these, another subject of this region began rearing its head:  Giants!  There are several accounts of unearthing giants in parts of Appalachia, including Kentucky—mostly in the late 1800s.  Where’s the proof?  If there were skeletal bones at one time, where are they now?

This is where things get a little hinky.  The accepted tale: at the end of the 1800s, all of the giant bones known to be in existence were rounded up and put in secret storage to prevent panic amongst the people.  Read Richard Dewhurst’s book for how this was done and who did it.  It is very similar to existing UFO evidence:  the citizenry cannot handle the real truth and we must protect them. 

Imagine Francisco Goya’s gruesome painting of Cronus, the Titan, eating his human snack.  During Victorian and Edwardian times, it was becoming popular to doctor photographs, due to the spiritualism movement and for other reasons.  Photography was a new and exciting art form and people could not restrain their creativity.  Some of these photographic geniuses decided to doctor photos of archaeological digs and make ordinary unearthed skeletons appear larger. 

They would then print copies and pass them as photos of giants.  In the doctored photos, the giant skeletons became bigger and bigger.  Skulls in the doctored photos often appeared as large as small buildings.  The images were so unbelievable, that the hoaxes were soon exposed.

There was a growing concern for respect of burial sites.  Confiscating of bones and doctoring of photos also made the possibility of finding accurate evidence a murky area.  Many people may have a belief in giants because of the Bible.  They were described in Genesis, 6:1-4, as Nephilim, a population of mighty ones—“The sons of God and the daughters of men”—who lived before the great deluge.  There was a belief in giants in most ancient lands and countries and so it was natural to question if they could have also been in the New World.

Most scientists have dismissed these possibilities as fairy tales.  Other scientists say, not so fast.  Years of mining and excavating have turned up extra large human bones at various hot spots in North America.  Appalachia is a hot zone.

In 1916, an accidentally uncovered burial mound contained bones of 68 individuals with an average height of 7 feet.  Many were taller than 7 feet and larger-than-average tools were found nearby, in this Northern Pennsylvania area of Appalachia.

Fifty years earlier, in a corner of West Virginia, bridge-builders uncovered three giant skeletons with the remnants of red hair still on the skulls.  A doctor with extensive knowledge of anatomy was called forth to measure the bones.  He announced that the people had been 8 feet tall.  Over and over there have been similar stories of excavations from the late 1800s into the early 20th Century.

In Moundsville, West Virginia, a 7’ 4” human mummy was excavated—she was sitting upright, in a crude chair.  She was discovered by the Fettys, a husband and wife team of amateur archaeologists who found their prize behind a false wall in a rocky cliff.  Imagine their shock when they did.  The next summer a Mr. Faulkner found bones of a 7’ 4” tall human, nearby.  

A Louisville, Kentucky newspaper reported in 1876 that three men going into a small cave wandered into a room that was described as an apartment made of stalactites.  In this apartment of sorts, they found a vault made of stone slabs.  Inside the vault were the skeletons of three humans that were nine feet tall.  The explorers got spooked and left the cave, their torch still burning where they dropped it.  It took them thirty-six hours to find their way back out of the cave. 

Those that actually saw the skulls and jaws of these large individuals of Appalachia stressed that they would easily fit over the skull of an average man with room to spare.  It is a controversial subject matter, but according to many blogs, the subject is not dead, and interest in finding out is growing stronger with each day.  It is definitely not a finished subject.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Quite Curious, a collection of the bizarre and unexplained. Please click HERE to find Quite Curious on Amazon.

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