Giants? Let’s Ask The Smithsonian

It is written:

“Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them, Whose height was like the height of the cedars, And he was as strong as the oaks; Yet I destroyed his fruit above And his roots beneath.” (Amos 2:9)

Some time ago, I was blessed to take a visit with some friends to a local Eastern Kentucky town. We were going to help our friend get her driver’s license. Unfortunately, the computer system was down, so we all decided to go to the local town museum.

Keep in mind, this is a very small town in Eastern Kentucky, but it is a very OLD town.

While we were browsing the different displays, I was amazed to find entire sections of the museum devoted to the study of “Indian” mounds. Being a native of West Virginia, I was familiar with the existence of the mounds, where several skeletons have been found all over the country.

Today, we are often told that these mounds were simply the burial tombs of ancient Native Americans.

Of course, the fact of the matter is, we actually have a great deal of evidence that the skeletons found in these mounds were the remains of giants. This evidence is found (among other places) in newspaper headlines from all over our country, spanning the course of some two hundred years.

As we were talking about these things, the nice lady who ran the exhibit came over and started talking with us. When we brought up the nephilim (the word used in the Old Testament to describe these giants in such passages as Genesis 6:1-4), she told us a story of something which happened when she was a little girl (again, being a resident in the same area as this aforementioned but unnamed Eastern Kentucky town).

Her father, a local farmer and coal miner, had returned home one day from the fields, quite perplexed about something. She had gone with him the next day, and found what had stumped him: the remains of a giant “human-like” skeleton, buried in the field near a local “mound” (which happened to be in the same vicinity where he was farming). They returned home with the skeleton, and it was later removed. While she didn’t say who had removed the skeleton, and we didn’t ask, my mind went immediately to the Smithsonian Institute.

Did you know, incidentally, that the Smithsonian has acknowledged that they have excavated the skeletons of giants from these mounds across America?

“The following is a brief list of documented findings, all recorded in the Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year […] series (each book title ending with the year the discovery was made): · One skull measuring “36 inches in circumference.”[ 152] Anna, Illinois, 1873. (The average circumference measurement for the human skull is between twenty-one and twenty-three inches, depending on varying factors such as sex, ethnicity, etc.) · One full skeleton with double rows of teeth, buried alongside a gigantic axe, referred to in the report as a “gigantic savage.”[ 153] The skeleton—with a colossal skull—fell apart after exhumation, so an exact height/ head circumference was not reported, but the record states that “its height must have been quite [meaning “at least”] seven feet.” Amelia Island, Florida, 1875. · Giant axes and “skinning stones.”[ 154] One weighed over fifteen pounds, had an ornately carved handle, and was of such mass that it was documented: “Only a giant could have wielded this.” Kishwaukee Mounds, Illinois, 1877. · One jawbone that easily slipped around the entire face of a large man on the research team; one thigh bone measuring “four inches longer than that of a man six feet two inches high”; one “huge skeleton, much taller than the current race of men.”[ 155] Kishwaukee Mounds, Illinois, 1877. According to the Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1883–1884, shortly following the discoveries in this bullet list, the Smithsonian team found ten more skeletons in mounds and burial sites in Wisconsin, Illinois, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. Not every one of them was measured for height, but each was documented as much larger than the skeletons of our current race; those that were measured ranged between seven to seven and a half feet long.[ 156] Similarly, in the Twelfth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1894, two enormous skulls, several baffling femur bones, and seventeen full skeletons also measuring between seven to seven and a half feet long (one in East Dubuque, Illinois, measured almost eight feet) were unearthed in Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.[ 157] The West Virginia dig report contains an additional claim of “many large skeletons,” generically.[ 158] From these reports listed, more than forty thousand artifacts were found, including weapons, tools, jewelry, and various utensils that could not have feasibly been used by regular-sized humans.” (Stephen Quayle & Dr.Thomas R. Horn, Unearthing the Lost World of the Cloudeaters: Compelling Evidence of the Incursion of Giants, Their Extraordinary Technology, and Imminent Return, 4911-4937 (Kindle Edition); Defender Publishing)

Someone may ask, “Well, how did these giants get to the American continent?”

The Canaanite nations had long ago come to the shores of America, as several lines of archaeological evidences have demonstrated.

For example:

“Shortly after the turn of the 21st century, an old house was being torn down in a western neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. After its demolition, workers began digging up the backyard in preparation for new construction. At 5 feet beneath the surface, their shovels struck something unexpectedly bulky and solid. Persistent excavation brought to light a sculpted monolith 3.4 feet tall with a base measurement of 1.7 by 1.6 feet. The reddish, igneous block is almost perfectly rectangular in shape, weighs 228 pounds, and shows the effects of having been buried in acidic soil for many centuries….After a cursory examination during a recent exhibition of the Public Broadcasting System’s well- known “Antiques Roadshow” television program, an appraiser/archaeologist could offer no opinion, save that the large object, judging from its soil stains, was at least 500 years old, but probably much older….Its full- face, sculpted relief with stylized headdress and crude, though effective execution finds its close likeness in an ancient Old World deity. Beginning with the mid- 16th century BC, the Phoenicians began to assert their separate identity and emerge from the other, Semitic peoples of Canaan, a kingdom roughly corresponding to the region encompassing modern- day Israel, Palestinian territories, western parts of Syria, and Lebanon. In fact, most of today’s Lebanese are more or less directly descended from the Phoenicians…The globe- trotting proclivity of modern Lebanese is part of their character- heritage from Phoenician ancestors, whose large, sturdy ships built with “the cedars of Lebanon” enabled the establishment of a mercantile empire that spanned the Mediterranean Sea and carried colonists around the African continent more than 1,000 years before Vasco da Gama….Phoenician divinities, on the contrary, were often coarsely portrayed, such as the photograph example included here from eighth- century BC Hadrumetum, a Phoenician colony in Tunisia, North Africa, of Ashtart’s engraved image. Its resemblence to the California figure, wholly unlike any other representation of this goddess, is unmistakeable. Moreover, the face- forward style was diagnostic of Phoenician sculpted art.” (Frank Joseph, ‘California’s Buried Altar And Monument To The Great Flood’ in Frank Joseph, The Lost Worlds of Ancient America:Compelling Evidence of Ancient Immigrants, Lost Technologies, And Places of Power, 23-27 (Kindle Edition); Pompton Plains, NJ; New Page Books)

Joseph has written:

“History remembers them as “Phoenicians,” a Semitic folk residing in Canaan, a region roughly corresponding to the present- day Levant of modern Israel, Palestinian territories, Lebanon, and the western parts of Jordan and Syria. “The Phoenicians were the Canaanites, and the ancestors of today’s Lebanese,” concluded geneticist Spencer Wells in 2004, after an extensive DNA study of Phoenician origins sponsored by National Geographic Magazine . 1 Their name is Greek— Phoiníkē for “people of the purple ( phoínios ),” signifying a violet- purple dye used by Athenian aristocrats to color their garments, and imported from the Levantine city of Tyre. Phoiníkē derived from the earlier Mycenaean po- ni- ki- jo , itself a derivation of the still older Egyptian fenkhu , denoting Asiatic Semites….They never called themselves “Phoenicians,” but identified instead with any one of their numerous cities. Hence, they were Tyrians, Sidonians, Carthaginians, and so forth. They nonetheless comprised, in the aggregate, an identifiable entity…The ancient Phoenicians built a loose confederation of casually affiliated, ethnically and culturally related, if independent urban centers. These were collectively known as Khna (the ancient equivalent of “Corporate Empire”) or, to outsiders, as “Phoenicia,” that spread from the Levant to the Atlantic coasts of Iberia and North Africa….Greek geographer Strabo wrote in the first Century BC , “[F]ar- famed are the voyages of the Phoenicians, who, a short time after the Trojan War, explored the regions beyond the Pillars of Heracles, founding cities there and in the central Libyan seaboard.’….Impressive as the professor’s accomplishments have been, they brought him nowhere near the Phoenicians. His interest in them was accidentally sparked by a children’s encyclopedia he happened to be consulting in preparation for educating his daughter at home. It mentioned that Carthaginian coins from the fourth Century BC had been uncovered in the Azores, on the island of Corvo, some 800 miles from the European mainland. The hoard was discovered by Portuguese sailors during the early 1750s. The coins have long since been lost, although Dr. McMenamin established the authenticity of their discovery through personal research that found them described in the 1778 diary of Swedish sailor Johannes Podolyn….Finding nothing to match Podolyn’s description, McMenamin was in the process of returning the book when he noticed very small markings at the bottom of the reverse, or “tails,” side of several stater s. Stater is actually a Greek term that referred to coins made of precious metal. The markings he examined have long been known to numismatists, but not generally understood. Most expert coin collectors dismiss them as errors in production. The markings attracted McMenamin’s attention, because they seemed vaguely familiar. Only after he had them enlarged on his computer screen did he recognize them for what they really were. McMenamin was astounded to realize that tiny dots on the Carthaginian staters were elements of a map— and not just any map, but a world map similar to one compiled by the second- century Greek geographer Ptolemy. Through further close scrutiny of the hitherto neglected metallic blobs on all 14 of the known specimens of a particular type of Phoenician stater , McMenamin was able to identify the entire Mediterranean region, including the Straits of Gibraltar, Sardinia, coastal North Africa, and the south of Europe depicted on the coins. He even found the Indian sub- continent clearly indicated. In other words, the Carthaginians included at the bottom of their coins tiny maps of locations where they enjoyed prosperous ports- of- call. They were publishing their far- flung, mercantile contacts on the face of their own currency, just as today’s multinational corporations boast of their international influence in commercial advertising. After making his original and revealing discovery, McMenamin was more amazed to observe the eastern half of South America depicted on the same coins. Clearly shown are Brazil and Argentina down to Tierra del Fuego, although the tiny map does not include the rest of the continent westward from the Andes.” (Frank Joseph, The Lost Colonies Of Ancient America: A Comprehensive Guide To The Pre-Columbian Visitors Who Really Discovered America, 77-82 (Kindle Edition); Pompton Plains, NJ: New Page Books)

You will also remember, my friends, that Joshua and the Hebrews rallied against the nephilim in the Book of Joshua. We are told that he and the Israelites drove them out of the land of Canaan (Joshua 24:18). Other ancient historical evidence document that the Canaanites did, indeed, flee from Joshua’s attack.

For example:

“They also built a fortress in Numidia, where now is the city called Tigisis. In that place are two columns made of white stone near by the great spring, having Phoenician letters cut in them which say in the Phoenician tongue: “We are they who fled from before the face of Joshua, the robber, the son of Nun.” (Procopius, History of the Wars: Books III & IV – The Vandalic War, 66-67 (Kindle Edition); PERENNIAL PRESS)

Bill Cooper provides further powerful evidence that these Canaanites fled to the American continent:

“But there is some startling physical evidence as well from this part of the world concerning giant human beings. Recently, the German magazine, Bild, published an article entitled: ‘Das Geheimnis des Gruselfinger aus Agypten’ – ‘The Mystery of the Creepy Finger from Egypt’ – the “creepy” nature of the find being that this mummified finger was an astonishing 38cm or 15 inches in length!…There are innumerable depictions in Egyptian art of men who are of gigantic stature when compared to those standing next to them, one of the more remarkable sequences of such depictions being seen in the paintings from the Rekhmire tomb. Below, in Fig. 15, we see giant men walking next to a giraffe, and beneath that, in Fig. 16, from the same sequence, we see giant men towering over the horse that is walking next to them. The Egyptians were clearly no strangers to such populations. They wrote about them, and carved and painted pictures of them….The Egyptians were not alone in this, however. The Assyrians also depicted men in their own monuments who were of gigantic stature next to those around them, or towering over large animals that would usually tower over men of normal stature. There are two examples of such depictions on the Black Obelisk of Shalmanesr III (see Fig. 17 below)….“But why should we be surprised at these things? Like dragons-like the Great Flood itself-giants are known to every culture under the sun. Virtually every nation on earth remembers a time when they were neighbours to, or lived amongst giant populations, and the Israelites were no exception. Giant peoples were known to them under various names: The Nephilim, the Rephaim, the Tzuzim, the Anakim, to name a few, all of whom were noted by the Israelites for their great stature; and even amongst later scholars and writers of the classical world we find mention of similar gigantic peoples. Homer, Lucretius, Virgil, Juvenal, Pliny, and even po-faced Augustine of Hippo all write of them. Whether they were writing truth or fable, however, may be judged by the mention of gigantic peoples which have appeared in more modern times, and which have been written about and lectured upon by ‘establishment’ anthropologists and archaeologists. Note the following report which appeared in The Princeton Union, on October 11th 1894: “In a prehistoric cemetery recently uncovered at Montpellier, France, while workmen were excavating a waterworks reservoir, human skulls were found measuring 28, 31 and 32 inches in circumference. The bones which were found with the skulls were also of gigantic proportions. These relics were sent to the Paris academy, and a learned ‘savant’ who lectured on the find says that they belonged to a race of men between ten and fifteen feet in height.” 10 The ‘learned savant’ of the article was Dr Georges Vacher de Lapouge (1854-1936), and his findings were corroborated in full by Dr Paul Valéry, a colleague of his at the University of Montpellier between 1886-1891.11 Would these men-these revered figures of the establishment–have willingly thrown away their careers and reputations for a stupid hoax? It seems not, for six months later, this same report appeared again in another journal, there having been plenty of time for the facts to be checked. 12 And then, out of Castelnau in France appeared this report: “In the year 1890, some human bones of enormous size, double the ordinary in fact, were found in the tumulus of Castelnau (Herault) [France], and have since been carefully examined by Prof. Kiener, who, while admitting that the bones are those of a very tall race, nevertheless finds them abnormal in dimensions and apparently of morbid growth. They undoubtedly re-open the question of ‘giants’ of antiquity, but do not furnish sufficient evidence to decide it.” 13…The photo taken of the bones at the time of their discovery (see Fig. 19 above) shows clearly the immense difference in size between them and the ‘normal’ modern human femur placed between them. Kiener’s staid and learned paper on the remains may be read to this day, 14 and it is notable that neither in the case of the Montpellier remains, nor yet those of Castelnau, has any serious attempt been made by anthropologists or archaeologists to dispute the simple facts of the case. In other words, the facts are unarguable. These are indeed the bones of gigantic human beings who stood up to 15 feet in height. As for the most famous giant in all history-Goliath-what can we say of him other than this?-his name has been discovered inscribed on a potsherd in the ruins of his hometown of Gath (Tel es-Safi, Israel) dating to within 70 years of his slaying by David, i.e. to about 950 BC (see Fig. 20 below). 15 Interesting, isn’t it, when we consider what the critics have been saying all these years.” (Bill Cooper, The Authenticity of the Book of Judges by Bill Cooper, 725-782 (Kindle Edition))

Later in the book, Cooper notes:

“But even further out, on the other side of the Atlantic, we have in America inscriptions left behind by Phoenician colonists who were blown off course across the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Africa in the 1st millennium BC. The first inscription that we may consider is that which is known as the Bat Creek Inscription (see Fig. 25 below)….What stuck in their craw was the observed similarity of the engraved characters to palaeo-Hebrew characters. Intriguingly, the archaeologist, Cyrus Thomas, who directed the dig, didn’t claim that it was palaeo-Hebrew, but, looking at the inscription the wrong way up, rather claimed that it was written in the Cherokee script – which, by the way, was not invented until 1821….But soon its true character was observed, and when the renowned Hebraist Cyrus H Gordon got to work on the piece, he recognised its palaeo-Hebrew script immediately. He saw that it read (in English transcription) “LYHWD[M],” – “for the Jews”, or more strictly, I would suggest, “for the Judahites”.8 Needless to say, Gordon was panned for daring to publish such academic heresy, and yet to this day no one has managed to prove him wrong – not convincingly anyway. The stone could not have been a forgery of any kind. It was discovered in situ acting as a headrest for the skull which lay upon it. And what would have been the point of such a forgery? The forger stood no chance of gaining either fame or fortune by it. On the contrary, it brought down merely disdain and hoots of derision upon the heads of any who would defend its authenticity….Bat Creek, where the inscription was discovered, empties into the Little Tennessee River about 12 miles or so upstream from its estuary, and alongside the creek were the three mounds which were excavated by what was then the Smithsonian’s Bureau of Ethnology (see Footnote 6 below). It was in Mound 3 where the stone was found. But it is much further south that we encounter the site of the second Phoenician (or rather Canaanite) inscription, namely in Brazil, at a place known as Paraiba, and it is the Paraiba Inscription (see Fig. 26 below) that is the most informative. Like the Bat Creek Inscription, it is written in Phoenician characters, and it has been translated by Cyrus H Gordon. His translation reads: “We are Sidonian Canaanites from the city of the Mercantile King. We were cast up on this distant shore, a land of mountains. We sacrificed a youth to the celestial gods and goddesses in the nineteenth year of our mighty King Hiram and embarked from Ezion-Geber into the Red Sea. We voyaged with ten ships and were at sea together for two years around Africa [Ham]. Then we were separated by the hand of Baal and were no longer with our companions. So we have come here, twelve men and three women, into New Shore. Am I, the Admiral, a man who would flee? Nay! May the celestial gods and goddesses favour us well!”9 A facsimile of the Paraiba text is given below (see Fig. 26), and comes from the hand of one Constantin Schlottman, who wrote his critique in 1874.10” (Bill Cooper, The Authenticity of the Book of Judges by Bill Cooper, 1158-1194 (Kindle Edition))

These are merely SOME of the amazing archaeological evidences which continue to confirm and validate the credibility of the Bible.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. amen.

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