Startling Proof of Prehistoric Giants Unearthed (08/02/1936)
“Georgia’s Sand-Dunes Yield Startling Proof of a Prehistoric Race of Giants”
In a newspaper article published by the Portsmouth Times August 02, 1936, the newspaper covers a discovery of an ancient race of giants, buried in island sand dunes, off the coast of Georgia. The average height of the skeletons unearthed was 6 and one half to seven feet tall.
Reading the Newspaper Article
The newspaper article reads:
Perhaps the discovery of the first dinosaur bones on the North American continent created no more sensation in scientific circles than the recent revelations of prehistoric man lately developed off the coast of Georgia.
Excavating in the sand dunes of the [illegible]-sprayed Golden Isles, archaeologists have gouged out the strange record of an amazing pre-historic race of giants.
With pickaxe and spade, these searchers into the past have burrowed their way beneath the surface of the palm-clad dunes of Georgia’s semi-tropical coastal islands, to delve into the mysteries of a previously unsuspected race of mankind. The question [illegible] in their minds today is: What manner of men were these, the [illegible] of whose tribe all averaged between six and one-half and seven feet tall.
Preston Holder, archaeologist, is directing the excavation, work, which has been sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute. Slowly, painstakingly, Holder is endeavoring to place together the slender threads that will lead him into the past. He has expressed the opinion that the Smithsonian enterprise will throw important light [illegible] a thus far unrecorded tribe and [illegible], establish a new link in the history of mankind in North America.
How the Initial Discovery was Made
The discovery was an accident. The incident was discussed later in the article:
But today, only one of the islands still remains open to the public. it is called Saint Simons and Sea island. And had it not been for the never-ceasing strides of modern civilization, it might well be that the new proof of America’s prehistoric giant might never have been found. For it was the ground-breaking for Georgia’s new Glynn County airport – which will be constructed on Sea Island – that revealed the first evidences of the find which has since brought archaeologists fairly tumbling over one another.
Workers on the proposed new airport hadn’t set off more than two or three charges of dynamite when they were amazed to find a number of shattered skulls and skeletons scattered about. One of the nation’s leading archaeologists, Dr. F. M. Setzler, of the United States National Museum, was dispatched to the scene. One look, and Dr. Setzler was convinced that the earth beneath the sand dunes would bear importantly upon the history and habits of southern coastal aborigines.
Complete Skeleton Found
One of the burial mounds and a complete skeleton discovered at the site, were discussed in another section of the article:
It was in this mound that the archaeologist made the important discovery of a complete skeleton of a young man, believed to have still been in his ‘teens at the time of his death. from tip to tip it measured exactly six and one-half feet. Every detail of the burial of this skeleton indicated that he had been an important member of the tribe – probably a chieftain, or at least the son of a chieftain.
His bones were arranged with exceeding care. And between his right arm and his side were found three small bone awls, three large deer bone awls and three split and worked bones in the process of being made into implements or weapons. Over his left shoulder were four mussel-shell pendants and a chipped stone spear-point, while fastened about his left knee was a string of sea-snail shell beads, numbering about 80 beads in all.
Please read the article below for more about the discovery.
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