Dr. Measures Skeleton From Michigan Burial Mound at 11 Feet

Dr. Measures Skeleton From Michigan Burial Mound at 11 Feet 




Bruce Herald, March 19,  1899
PREHISTORIC MEN
Eleven Feet High
      The mounds on the south side of Crystal  Lake in Montcalm County, Michigan have been opened and a prehistoric race unearthed.  One contained five skeletons and the other three.  In the first mound was an earthen tablet, five inches long, four wide and a half an inch thick.  It  was divided into four quarters.  On one of them were inscribed queer characters.  The skeletons were arranged in the same relative positions, so far as the mound is concerned.  In  the other mound there was a casket of earthenware, 10- 1/2 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide.  The cover bore various inscriptions.  The characters found upon the tablet were also prominent upon the casket.  Upon opening the casket a copper coin was revealed, together with other types, which the inscription or marks upon the tablet and casket had evidently been made.
    Some of the bones of the skeletons were well preserved, showing that the dead men must have been persons of huge proportions.  The lower jaw is immense.  An ordinary jaw bone fits inside with ease.  By measurement the distance from the top of the skull to the upper end of the thigh bone of the large skeleton was five feet, five inches.  A doctor who was present state that the man must have been eleven feet high.  One of the mounds was partially covered by a pine stump, three feet six inches in diameter, and the ground showed no signs of ever having been disturbed.  The digging had to be done among the roots, which had a large spread.