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Fri Sep 26, 2014, 11:33 PM

The Giants of Appalachia

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On October 13, 1916, The Seattle Star reported that residents in northern Pennsylvania uncovered an Indian burial mound containing the bones of 68 men. According to the article, “The average height of the assembled skeletons was 7 feet, while many were taller. Further evidence of their gigantic size was found in their large stone axes placed in the grave.”

The Pennsylvania skeletons are anything but an anomaly. A half-century earlier, workers constructing a bridge in upstate West Virginia were dumbfounded when they dug up three giant skeletons containing strands of reddish hair. A local doctor was called to examine the colossal remains, to which he concluded had to be no shorter than 8’ tall and definitely human.

In the fall of 1882, F.M. Fetty and his wife, both amateur archaeologists, were exploring a nearby cliff and found an unusual rock formation along the walls of the shelter. A closer look revealed that a false wall had been erected.

Fetty and his wife remove several of the large stones and made the startling discovery of a giant human mummy a sitting in a chair.

The following summer, James A. Faulkner unearthed an unusually large human skeleton in the same area. A local doctor was called in to measure the skeleton and found it to be at least 7’ 4” long.

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