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Keeping it Under Wraps: Giants, Mummies and Megalithic Mysteries

Several years ago, during a rather clandestine exchange I had with a friend and mentor of mine, Brad Steiger, I was told a strange series of facts regarding the mummified remains of “giants” discovered throughout the Americas in the nineteenth century.

We had been talking about his book, Worlds Before Our Own, which had recently been reprinted by Anomalist Books, when he asked me a question regarding a strange, mummified skeleton discovered in 1885.

“Micah, I think you may have seen the pictures that I have of the 7-foot female holding her skeletal babe. She also has a rudimentary tail.” As I tried to recollect an image of this oddity, he added, “We may truly be products of someone else’s laboratory.”

Indeed, this was a bizarre concept, but before I had time to ponder what Steiger was saying he added, “I discussed many giant skeletons that were being held in private museums. After the book was published, I learned of even more and included photos of them in my lectures. Soon, individuals beseeched me to cease.”

“Why?” I asked.

“The private museums were mysteriously suffering unexplained fires,” he told me rather cryptically.

In addition to the strange stories like this that do turn up from time to time, I find it very interesting–and a bit unsettling–that there are instances suggesting some kind of opposition to the weirder ancient mysteries of this world becoming general knowledge among the populace. This is disturbing for two reasons; one being that the notion itself is a shame, if such allegations are indeed true, since there may be elements of history with potential for being studied more carefully that are squelched beforehand. The other reason (albeit a less popular one among circles of phenomenology) deals with the distinct possibility that American frontier legends and folklore have contributed a great deal to the body of evidence surrounding ancient civilizations. These groups, consisting of giants, denizens of an underworld race, citizens of Atlantis, and other new-age theories and philosophies, when probed deeper, often seem to have a bit less foundation in scientific or archaeological fact. Nonetheless, there are a surprising number of stories that allege all sorts of conspiratorial happenings, ranging from recovery of mummified bodies by organizations and groups that spirit them away into the shadows, to mislabeling of samples and specimens that leads to filing and mis-categorization; thus, locating the original discovery is more difficult (particularly if they were uncovered more than a century ago).

In the case of the strange “giant” mummy with the tail that Brad had asked me about, this relic does indeed exist, and I am fairly certain that the particular specimen was purchased by Ripley’s a few years ago. Information (as well as photos) are available at the links below:

The Yosemite Mummies

The Martindale Mummies

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Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.
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