A study of the substantial evidence for a former race of giants in North
America and its 150-year suppression by the Smithsonian Institution
• Shows how thousands of giant skeletons have been found,
particularly in the Mississippi Valley, as well as the ruins of the
• Explores 400 years of giant finds, including newspaper articles,
first person accounts, state historical records, and illustrated field
• Reveals the Stonehenge-era megalithic burial complex on Catalina
Island with over 4,000 giant skeletons, including kings more than 9 feet
• Includes more than 100 rare photographs and illustrations of the lost evidence
Drawing on 400 years of newspaper articles and photos, first person
accounts, state historical records, and illustrated field reports,
Richard J. Dewhurst reveals not only that North America was once ruled
by an advanced race of giants but also that the Smithsonian has been
actively suppressing the physical evidence for nearly 150 years. He
shows how thousands of giant skeletons have been unearthed at Mound
Builder sites across the continent, only to disappear from the
historical record. He examines other concealed giant discoveries, such
as the giant mummies found in Spirit Cave, Nevada, wrapped in fine
textiles and dating to 8000 BCE; the hundreds of red-haired bog mummies
found at sinkhole “cenotes” on the west coast of Florida and dating to
7500 BCE; and the ruins of the giants’ cities with populations in excess
of 100,000 in Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Louisiana.
Dewhurst shows how this suppression began shortly after the Civil
War and transformed into an outright cover-up in 1879 when Major John
Wesley Powell was appointed Smithsonian director, launching a strict
pro-evolution, pro-Manifest Destiny agenda. He also reveals the 1920s’
discovery on Catalina Island of a megalithic burial complex with 6,000
years of continuous burials and over 4,000 skeletons, including a
succession of kings and queens, some more than 9 feet tall--the evidence
for which is hidden in the restricted-access evidence rooms at the
Softcover, 368 pages, 92 black & white illustrations
Reviewed by Philip Rife, Contributing Editor, THE BARNES REVIEW
The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America by Richard J. Dewhurst, sets out to fundamentally revise American history by proving our country was once home to an advanced race of non-Indian giants. To support his claim, the author presents scores of cases from 27 states involving the discovery of thousands of human skeletons ranging from 6.5 to 8 feet tall.
Mr. Dewhurst gathers most of these cases from original accounts in period newspapers and scientific journals. The accumulated weight of these reports over decades and from all parts of the country helps build credibility for the subject, as does the presence of local physicians and academics at many of the sites where giant remains were found. These sites include mounds, sarcophagi and caves, and range from individual burials to ancient cemeteries each holding hundreds of skeletons.
While many giant skeletons were found in what were obvious burial mounds, others came to light in less obvious locations when they were accidentally unearthed by farmers, railroad builders and crews constructing roads—raising the possibility there may be more out there waiting to be discovered.
The book includes a number of discoveries that remove any doubt the skeletons belonged to non-Indians, because they were found with written inscriptions (usually unidentified hieroglyphics). Other factors pointing to non-Indians include smelted and hardened metal artifacts, sophisticated textiles, brick constructions, weapons and tools far too large for a normal-size person to wield comfortably and skeletons with double rows of teeth and tufts of blond or red hair.
Besides unearthing evidence of giants, the other major focus of the book is exposing the role of the Smithsonian Institution in covering up such evidence. The author describes nearly a dozen cases where giant skeletons discovered by Smithsonian field teams or sent to the museum by others entered the confines of the institution and never went on public display or were everheard of again. Hieroglyphic inscriptions and other artifacts associated with giants that were acquired by the Smithsonian suffered a similar fate.
Dewhurst describes how the Smithsonian’s preeminent national stature has resulted in its views having a corrosive influence on other American academic institutions by stifling any open-minded examination of giants: “All major universities in the United States also adopted this policy in conjunction with the official position of the Smithsonian, thus making it impossible to study alternative American history and receive any grants or funding for pursuits of this nature.”
Don’t expect a lot of photographic evidence of giants in this or any of several other recent books on the subject. Individual camera ownership was virtually nonexistent in the 19th century when most giant skeletons were found. The few specimens that wound up in museums were considered persona non grata and hidden away by curators bound by the dictum that only Indians inhabited North America before Columbus. They had no interest in publicizing such inconvenient items. (A photo on page 46 of the book allegedly showing a human skull being unearthed that is three or four times as large as that of the man digging it up is almost certainly photographically-manipulated.)
In addition to tangible objects related to giants, the book cites little-known Amerind oral history recounting their ancestors’ long ago migration from the western part of the continent to the area east of the Mississippi River, where they encountered a tall Caucasian people already residing there. This now-politically incorrect account tells how the Indians killed many of the original white inhabitants and forced the rest to flee for their lives.
One quibble is the inclusion of a long chapter on Roman coins and other pre-Columbian artifacts from the Old World found in the U.S. that are unrelated to giants. While interesting, it would have been nice to see some of those 32 pages used to address where the giants originated, giant skeletons with Cro-Magnon-like features and polydactylism, the Cardiff Giant hoax or the one part of the world where living giants have been reported in modern times.
That said, this is a fast-paced, fun read and a fascinating real-life detective story. It’s a welcome addition to a too-long neglected chapter of American history.
Richard J. Dewhurst is the Emmy Award-winning writer of the HBO feature documentary Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.
A graduate of NYU with degrees in journalism, film, and television, he
has written and edited for the History Channel, the Arts &
Entertainment Channel, PBS, Fox Television and Fox Films, ABC News, TNT,
Paramount Pictures, and the Miami Herald. He lives in Vermont.