Friday, February 17, 2017

Neanderthal Looking Skulls Discovered in Jay County, Indiana

Neanderthal Looking Skulls Discovered in Jay County, Indiana

     It is the opinion of some who have given the subject some study that the Twin Hills, situated just northwest of this city, was the burial place of Chief Godfrey and his Indian followers in this vicinity. In the last few weeks more than twenty-five skeletons have been unearthed. Many of the skeletons have been found buried in sitting postures facing each other, and there is evidence of fire, which many believe indicates this race gave burned offerings to their gods. Charred bones have been found between the graves. It is believed these bones are of animals.

    Some are of the opinion that the skeletons are those of the mound builders. The skeletons taken from the hills seem to differ from most of the skeletons that are being found in this part of the country. No ornaments are buried with them, much as been found buried with other skeletons believed to be those of the Indians. In m any other graves have been found stone pipes and tomahawks.
Exhibits Skull

    O.O. Clayton, city engineer, has been exhibiting a skull in the streets of the city which is of queer shape. The skull was large but not as large as many that have been found in the hills lately, he said. The front part of the head sloped back almost straight. The teeth were in good condition, considering the time they have been buried. Many of the skeletons and bones found now are on display in the office of the county surveyor.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Chief Cornstalk on the Ohio Mounds: "Ohio and Kentucky had once been settled by a white race"

Shawnee Chief Cornstalk Claims the Ohio Mounds Built by a White Race

Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, January 1912

1776 interview of Chief Cornstalk that wasn't published until 1816.
     "During this visit Captain William McKee, one of the officers assembled there for Hand's intended campaign, had frequent conversations with Cornstalk with reference to the antiquities of the West, in which the old chief evinced much intelligence and reflection. In reply to an inquiry respecting the mound and fort-builders, he stated that it was the current and assured tradition among his people, that Ohio and Kentucky had once been settled by a white race, possessed of arts of which the Indians had no knowledge that after many sanguinary contests with the natives, these invaders were at length exterminated. McKee inquired why the Indians had not learned these arts of those ancient white people? Cornstalk replied indefinitely, relating that the Great Spirit had once given the Indians a book which taught them all these arts; but they had lost it, and had never since regained a knowledge of them. What people were they, McKee asked, who made so many graves on the Ohio, and at other places? He declared that he did not know, and remarked that it was not his nation, or any he had been acquainted with. The Captain next practically repeated a former inquiry, by asking Cornstalk if he could tell who made those old forts, which displayed so much skill in fortifying? He answered, that he only knew that a story had been handed down from a very long ago people, that there had been a white race inhabiting the country who made the graves and forts; and, added, that some Indians, who had traveled very far west, or north-west, had found a nation or people, who lived as Indians generally do, although of a different complexion."