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Modern day archaeology and anthropology have nearly sealed the door on our imaginations, broadly interpreting the North American past as devoid of anything unusual in the way of great cultures characterized by a people of unusual demeanor. The great interloper of ancient burial grounds, the nineteenth century Smithsonian Institution, created a one-way portal, through which uncounted bones have been placed. This door and the contents of its vault are virtually sealed off to any but government officials. Among these bones may lay answers not even sought by these officials concerning the deep past. The first hint I had about the possible existence of an actual race of tall, strong, and intellectually sophisticated people, was in researching old township and county records. Many of these were quoting from old diaries and letters that were combined in the 1800's from diaries going back to the 1700s. The title pages of the early county and pioneer history books often included phrases like "carefully written and compiled" and "lest we forget." Sometime before archaeology came to subscribe the general public to its view of prehistory: generations prior to Darwin's troublesome theory, the pioneers thought that some of the earthworks were as ancient as could be concurrent with human habitation in America. Some among the early settlers exercised their pens assured that the earthworks were not built by the direct ancestry of the native people living in the historical period, but rather were constructed in a more remote era encompassing a different social order. They compared the "Mound Builders," with the "Indians," clearly discerning the former as belonging to an earlier time, possessing a different fate or destiny from the latter. Evidence for the occupation of this country before the appearance of the red man is to be found in many states throughout this country, as well as throughout the world. In removing the gravel bluffs, which are numerous and deep, for the construction and repair of roads, and in excavating cellars, hundreds of human skeletons, some of them of giant form, have been found. A female citizen of Marion County estimates that there were about as many human skeletons in the Knolls of Marion County, Ohio as there are white inhabitants at present! (The History of Marion County, Ohio, compiled from past accounts, published in 1883). Amazing finds were also made in California about 1810 and in Montana in 1924. One was that of a six-toed giant, the other was the skull of a man found 130 feet deep in a lava-covered mine. A human molar embedded in an Eocen coal measure was found in November 1926 in No. 3 Eagle Coal Mine at Bear-creek, Montana, and in strata anywhere between thirty and seventy-five million years old. An amazing skull--of a giant man with double rows of teeth all and massive jaws was found on Santa Rosa Island in the Santa Barbara Channel, California. It has a singular tie-in with the statement in the old Babylonian Talmud, called the Berakthoth, that the giants before the Great Deludge had double rows of teeth! Many of these discoveries were made early in the nineteenth century, and in one case where a giant man's skeleton was exhumed by soldiers at Lampock Rancho, California, the Roman Catholic padre ordered the skeleton to be reburied because the local folk swore it was the skeleton of a god. These remains were often discovered accompanied by cemented gravel six feet thick lying under volcanic ash--the sign of an ancient cataclysm.
William Ashley Hinson was born in Plymouth, North Carolina and grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the Piedmont area of North Carolina. William received his Bachelor's Degree from High Point University in Social Studies Education. He has published many books over the years and two books with a New York Publisher.