History of Chenango and Madison Counties, New York, 1880
"The face of the earth around, has indeed indicated that it has once been peopled with a race considerably advanced in civilization. Within a radius of three miles from this spot, are found the graves, with trees growing over them, so that the roots spread from the head to the foot. A great many of these graves have been some years since excavated and found to contain various bones and in some cases entire skeletons of people of giant proportions, the skulls and jawbones of which would cover the head and face of the most fleshy person of our day. In these graves were also found hatchets of very symmetrical shape, brass kettles somewhat in the form of our brass kettles, smoking pipes of various shapes, small metal bells, beads of all shapes and sizes and various other articles of use and ornament, some of them bearing letters, characters or devices in an unknown language."