AROUND THE TURN OF THE 19TH CENTURY THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF REPORTS FROM REPUTABLE SOURCES OF GIANT SKELETONS UNEARTHED FROM ANCIENT BURIAL MOUNDS ACROSS AMERICA.
Human giants are not entirely a product of legend in our history. André the Giant is one of the more well-known instances of a man of superhuman proportions and strength who walked among us at 7 feet 4 inches tall. But André’s size was the result of gigantism and acromegaly, disorders caused by an overactive pituitary gland that releases too much growth hormone. With the average human height at 5 feet 6 inches for men and 5 feet 2 inches for women, it is rare to find someone of André’s height, let alone his stature.
With the extreme rarity of gigantism, which affects roughly three in one million people, it is surprising how often giants are spoken of in biblical texts and American folklore. David and Goliath, Jack and the Beanstalk and Paul Bunyon are all examples of giants in familiar tales. While these are thought to be just myths and legends, could it be possible that a race of giants once existed or could there have been human-like ancestors significantly larger than us?
Across the U.S., and unbeknownst to many, are burial mounds or the remnants of them, some as extensive in size as the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Cahokia and Monk’s mounds in Illinois and Missouri are two such mounds thought to have been built by pre-Columbian civilizations. The Cahokia mound is 100 feet tall with a 14-acre base, an entire acre larger than the pyramid at Giza. Monk’s Mound is just as tall with a 1,000-foot-wide base. But what makes these and other mounds of their kind even more intriguing is what has been found buried inside of them.
Jim Vieira has made it his mission to explore the mystery behind these mounds and others where there is documentation of unearthed skeletons, often of gigantic proportions. Vieira, a stonemason by trade, found himself intrigued after finding a plethora of mysterious stone mounds throughout New England. He found that the construction, and particularly the stone work, of these mounds was impressive, considering the level of technology at the time. He also noticed that the orientation of the mounds was such that the entrances faced a direction that was in alignment with the sun during the equinoxes. The mounds were built with massive stones and were present long before colonists from Europe crossed over.
While studying these mounds, Vieira uncovered old reports in New England of giant skeletons unearthed from these mounds, often with two rows of teeth and jaws that could fit over the head of a normal-sized human. The skeletons ranged in length from 7 to 10 feet tall. While this may sound ridiculous at first glance, it was not an isolated incident and is supported by reports from reputable news sources of the time.
Discoveries of the giant skeletons were found all over the northeast, from Martha’s Vineyard and Deerfield Valley Massachusetts, to Vermont and upstate New York. Other reports of the discovery of buried giants were also found in the south, midwest and west coast.
In the Ohio River Valley, a report from a local paper, that was backed up by Scientific American, found bodies of several giants buried under a ten foot tall mound. One female skeleton was found holding a three-and-a-half-foot long child. Another of the giant skeletons was buried in a clay coffin and an engraved stone tablet was also recovered. This particular mound was 64 feet long by 35 feet wide.
The Chichasawba mound in Arkansas is another instance of the uncovering of a giant skeleton under similar circumstances. The 12-square-mile mound had its name taken from the chief of the Shawnee tribe who was essentially known to be a giant with incredible strength. Chief Chicasawba lived in that area of Arkansas and when the mound was uncovered the skeleton of a massive human was found. Subsequently other skeletons up to ten feet tall were unearthed in the same area, all with similar burial artifacts found with them. Some reports claimed the length of the skeletons legs to be five feet alone.
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While stories of this nature sound fantastical, there are numerous reports of skeletons of the same size appearing in The New York Times and other reputable sources. The majority of these reports occur during the mid to late 19th century, which Vieira sees as a being the turning point in a censored narrative that has now dominated our history textbooks. He says he thinks that awareness of both the mounds and giants were common knowledge during this primarily agrarian time. There is even supposed reference to it from Abraham Lincoln. In a written account of a speech that he was preparing to give at Niagara Falls, he wrote,
“The eyes of that species of extinct giants, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.”
Vieira believes that a prejudiced narrative was created to discredit Native Americans or portray them as savages, because if they were seen as having built the mounds it would show them as mathematically and technically advanced. Vieira says he thinks that the removal of any evidence of the giants might have occurred because they wouldn’t fit into the controlled narrative of manifest destiny. Subsequently, many of the mounds were allowed to be destroyed by settlers and farmers as America was colonized, with no regard to the reverence that the natives held for them. And whether the skeletons belonged to a race of giant natives themselves or another race that predated them is unknown, but it is thought that the natives venerated them.
Another conspiracy surrounding the disappearance of evidence regarding the giants points to the Smithsonian. Within the ethnology reports of the museum, there are 17 cases of the Smithsonian uncovering giant skeletons over seven feet tall. The probability of a human growing seven feet tall is .000007 percent meaning they would have had to excavate roughly 2.5 million bodies to have found that many skeletons of that size. There are also supposed reports of the Smithsonian purchasing giant skeletons excavated by citizens, which then disappeared, never to be heard from again. The Smithsonian even had a division for exploring mounds of which there is a written record of them uncovering giant skeletons whose bones crumbled to dust when exposed to air. Was this a cover up by the famed museum or did they simply dispose of a debunked myth?