The ANCIENT GIANTS who RULED AMERICA: The Missing Skeletons and the Great Smithsonian Cover-Up

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    A study of the substantial evidence for a former race of giants in North America and its 150-year suppression by the Smithsonian Institution.

    • Shows how thousands of giant skeletons have been found, particularly in the Mississippi Valley, as well as the ruins of the giants’ cities
    • Explores 400 years of giant finds, including newspaper articles, first person accounts, state historical records, and illustrated field reports
    • Reveals the Stonehenge-era megalithic burial complex on Catalina Island with over 4,000 giant skeletons, including kings more than 9 feet tall
    • Includes more than 100 rare photographs and illustrations of the lost evidence

    Drawing on 400 years of newspaper articles and photos, first person accounts, state historical records, and illustrated field reports, Richard J. Dewhurst reveals not only that North America was once ruled by an advanced race of giants but also that the Smithsonian has been actively suppressing the physical evidence for nearly 150 years. He shows how thousands of giant skeletons have been unearthed at Mound Builder sites across the continent, only to disappear from the historical record. He examines other concealed giant discoveries, such as the giant mummies found in Spirit Cave, Nevada, wrapped in fine textiles and dating to 8000 BCE; the hundreds of red-haired bog mummies found at sinkhole “cenotes” on the west coast of Florida and dating to 7500 BCE; and the ruins of the giants’ cities with populations in excess of 100,000 in Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Louisiana.

    Dewhurst shows how this suppression began shortly after the Civil War and transformed into an outright cover-up in 1879 when Major John Wesley Powell was appointed Smithsonian director, launching a strict pro-evolution, pro-Manifest Destiny agenda. He also reveals the 1920s’ discovery on Catalina Island of a megalithic burial complex with 6,000 years of continuous burials and over 4,000 skeletons, including a succession of kings and queens, some more than 9 feet tall--the evidence for which is hidden in the restricted-access evidence rooms at the Smithsonian.

    Softcover, 368 pages, 92 black & white illustrations

    Table of Contents


    Preface: On Being Tall and My Fascination with Giants

    Introduction: Uncovering the Real History of America

    Part I
    Findings on Ancient American Giants

    1 How Big Were They?

    2 North America
    Land of the Giants

    3 How Old?
    Clues from Mastodons and Carbon Dating

    4 Copper-Crowned Kings and
    Pearl-Bedecked Queens

    Part II
    Sophisticated Cultures of the Ancient Giants

    5 Pyramids and Pictorial Mounds

    6 Cities in Circles and Lines

    7 A Copper Kingdom and Mica Mines

    8 Treasures of Giant Burial Grounds

    Part III
    Pre-Columbian Foreign Contact

    9 Holy Stones, a Calendar Stele, and Foreign Coins

    10 Extremely Ancient Red-Haired Mummies

    11 Megalithic Catalina
    The Blond-Haired Children of the Nine-Feet-Tall Kings

    12 Insights into Origins





    Chapter 4
    Copper-Crowned Kings and Pearl-Bedecked Queens


    In many respects the West Virginia mounds are key to understanding the giants who once ruled America. Not only are the West Virginia mound sites in Charleston, Wheeling, and Moundsville some of the most significant in size and number in United States, but in 1883, the Smithsonian dispatched a team of archaeologists to conduct an extensive dig of the fifty mounds they found there and issue a detailed report.

    The team was led by Professors Norris and Thomas, who prepared a detailed report of the work done by scientists who were trained in the excavating of prehistoric monuments, capable of making careful observations, and qualified to write accurate reports. The report shows quite clearly that the team uncovered numerous giants, one of which was 7'6" tall and decorated with heavy copper bracelets. In another mound, they found a circle of ten skeletons surrounding another giant skeleton, as well as underground vaults, various copper and mica ornaments, religious items, pipes and spearheads.

    That the ancient giants were considered to be kings and rulers is evidenced by the numerous giant burials where the skeletons have been buried in copper crowns and other regalia such as pearl robes and mica ornaments. In this case, the crowned giants were found buried in a standing position, one of a number of unusual burial positions found in mound builder burial sites.

    That the Smithsonian was at the forefront of excavations in West Virginia can be seen clearly from a Charleston Daily Mailfeature story, September 23, 1923, which quotes from the Smithsonian’s own report.



    Extending along the terrace about five miles over-looking the Kenawha River west of Charleston, above flood level were found about 50 mounds. They range in height from 5 to 35 feet. The principal one is known as the South Charleston Mound, which is 175 feet in diameter at the base and 35 feet high.

    In all it is estimated that there are at least 100,000 mounds in the Eastern portion of the United States. These represent the work of millions of people, many nations and tribes, and they were constructed over a long period of time.



    In looking at the history of the South Charleston Mound, it turns out our best source is A. R. Sines, grandfather of Dr. F. A. Sines, Charleston dentist. Mr. Sines, who died in 1937, had a written account of his part in the mound opening published in the 1920s.

    “No doubt among the thousands of people who daily pass the large mound at South Charleston,” wrote Sines, “many have often wondered if there is anyone living who can tell what is lying, or once lay, at the bottom of that pile of earth. I am probably the only man now living who stood at the bottom of this mound and assisted with a thorough examination of every foot of its interior from top to bottom in November of 1883.”


    Mr. Sines related that he was employed to help in the excavation by Col. P.W. Morris, an old Indian scout who was then in the employ of the Smithsonian Institution of Washington. Colonel Morris, former superintendant of the Yellowstone National Park, was investigating all mounds of West Virginia, Ohio, and nearby states at that time. In opening the mound, the men under Col. Morris’ supervision first leveled off the top, then dug a round hole ten feet in diameter downward. As they progressed towards the bottom, they dug out a series of shelves around the sides to have a place to throw the dirt.

    “Four feet from the bottom we made our first discovery,” writes Sines. “We came upon a large bed of charred wood, something resembling charred bones, and many small pieces which were more intact resembling burnt teeth. This had, beyond a doubt, once been a funeral pyre.”

    6 FEET 8¾ INCHES

    The decayed bones belonged to what once had been a most powerful man. There was but little left, but the distance from the spot where the heel bone was found to what was left of the skull was 6 feet 8¾ inches.

    The shoulder bones were considerably broader than those of men of our present race, although the skull bone was not so large. The teeth were larger than those we have today. The front part of the skull was nearly double the thickness of a human skull today.

    Sines and Colonel Morris found a copper band around the forehead of this buried giant, and similar copper bands around the wrists and ankles. With no copper nearer than Tennessee, they assumed it had been carried here by these Mound Builders thousands of years ago.


    They also found axe-shaped stones grooved in the middle. Sines related that this stone was not familiar to this country and so hard that steel would not make a dent.

    “Two miles down near where Sunset Memorial Park is today,” Sines relates, “they opened a smaller mound and located the bones of what appeared to be the remnants of a woman. There were copper bands on the ankle and wrist bones and larger pieces of copper on each breast.”

    Reviewed by Philip Rife, Contributing Editor, THE BARNES REVIEW

    The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America by Richard J. Dewhurst, sets out to fundamentally revise American history by proving our country was once home to an advanced race of non-Indian giants. To support his claim, the author presents scores of cases from 27 states involving the discovery of thousands of human skeletons ranging from 6.5 to 8 feet tall.

    Mr. Dewhurst gathers most of these cases from original accounts in period newspapers and scientific journals. The accumulated weight of these reports over decades and from all parts of the country helps build credibility for the subject, as does the presence of local physicians and academics at many of the sites where giant remains were found. These sites include mounds, sarcophagi and caves, and range from individual burials to ancient cemeteries each holding hundreds of skeletons.

    While many giant skeletons were found in what were obvious burial mounds, others came to light in less obvious locations when they were accidentally unearthed by farmers, railroad builders and crews constructing roads—raising the possibility there may be more out there waiting to be discovered.

    The book includes a number of discoveries that remove any doubt the skeletons belonged to non-Indians, because they were found with written inscriptions (usually unidentified hieroglyphics). Other factors pointing to non-Indians include smelted and hardened metal artifacts, sophisticated textiles, brick constructions, weapons and tools far too large for a normal-size person to wield comfortably and skeletons with double rows of teeth and tufts of blond or red hair.

    Besides unearthing evidence of giants, the other major focus of the book is exposing the role of the Smithsonian Institution in covering up such evidence. The author describes nearly a dozen cases where giant skeletons discovered by Smithsonian field teams or sent to the museum by others entered the confines of the institution and never went on public display or were everheard of again. Hieroglyphic inscriptions and other artifacts associated with giants that were acquired by the Smithsonian suffered a similar fate.

    Dewhurst describes how the Smithsonian’s preeminent national stature has resulted in its views having a corrosive influence on other American academic institutions by stifling any open-minded examination of giants: “All major universities in the United States also adopted this policy in conjunction with the official position of the Smithsonian, thus making it impossible to study alternative American history and receive any grants or funding for pursuits of this nature.”

    Don’t expect a lot of photographic evidence of giants in this or any of several other recent books on the subject. Individual camera ownership was virtually nonexistent in the 19th century when most giant skeletons were found. The few specimens that wound up in museums were considered persona non grata and hidden away by curators bound by the dictum that only Indians inhabited North America before Columbus. They had no interest in publicizing such inconvenient items. (A photo on page 46 of the book allegedly showing a human skull being unearthed that is three or four times as large as that of the man digging it up is almost certainly photographically-manipulated.)

    In addition to tangible objects related to giants, the book cites little-known Amerind oral history recounting their ancestors’ long ago migration from the western part of the continent to the area east of the Mississippi River, where they encountered a tall Caucasian people already residing there. This now-politically incorrect account tells how the Indians killed many of the original white inhabitants and forced the rest to flee for their lives.

    One quibble is the inclusion of a long chapter on Roman coins and other pre-Columbian artifacts from the Old World found in the U.S. that are unrelated to giants. While interesting, it would have been nice to see some of those 32 pages used to address where the giants originated, giant skeletons with Cro-Magnon-like features and polydactylism, the Cardiff Giant hoax or the one part of the world where living giants have been reported in modern times.

    That said, this is a fast-paced, fun read and a fascinating real-life detective story. It’s a welcome addition to a too-long neglected chapter of American history.
    Richard J. Dewhurst is the Emmy Award-winning writer of the HBO feature documentary Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. A graduate of NYU with degrees in journalism, film, and television, he has written and edited for the History Channel, the Arts & Entertainment Channel, PBS, Fox Television and Fox Films, ABC News, TNT, Paramount Pictures, and the Miami Herald. He lives in Vermont.


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