This is a more puzzling entry in our ongoing cryptid series, as it actually falls into the field of Archeology. But this is still kind of a monster story in our book, thanks to the unusual nature of the find and the theories surrounding an alleged cover-up by the Smithsonian Institution.
In May 1912, the excavation of a group of burial mounds near Lake Delavan, Wisconsin uncovered eighteen skeletons, dated at around the 8th Century, which look human except for strangely misshapen, elongated skulls... and some of the bodies reportedly measured up to nine feet in height. Scientists are mainly in agreement that the giants are not the product of a hoax, as similar skeletons were discovered previously across the American Midwest, and are still being unearthed today.
Archaeological evidence links the giants to the Aztalan mound builders, a large and thriving Native American civilization that occupied the region for more than 5,000 years. Museum exhibits like the “Princess of Aztalan” (shown below) reveal many burial rites of their culture, but the skeletons on display depict only normal-sized people.
The curious absence of public displays showing the giant skeletons has sparked theories that museums like the Smithsonian have been keeping the giants a secret, for reasons unknown.
"Modern day archeology and anthropology have nearly sealed the door on our imaginations,” says Native American author and law professor Vine Deloria. “The great interloper of ancient burial grounds, the nineteenth century Smithsonian Institution, created a one-way portal, through which uncounted bones have been spirited. This door and the contents of its vault are virtually sealed off to anyone, but government officials. Among these bones may lay answers not even sought by these officials concerning the deep past."
Suite 101 has compiled info on the mystery giants from a variety of sources; be sure to visit their site for more.