In studying the common features of locations of ancient giants, we can perhaps extrapolate and come up with potential sites not yet uncovered.
Lakes/waterways: These giants were almost always found with shell jewelry, shell bowls, or freshwater pearls. The largest settlement found was on the convergence of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers. Convergences were ideal spots for those who traded. There are some areas where more giants were discovered, but that doesn't mean the most existed, though a population dense area would make chances of finding them easier. The states of Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan seem to have the most sites, but then modern European settlers moved into that area in the 1800s in waves to claim fertile land, so chances of running into remains would be have been easier. Areas like the Southwest had land underwater many thousands of years ago, and so the ancients are mostly found buried in caves that were up above the water lines. The giants have been found everywhere from California to Florida and up in the Northeast, so they had settled the country much like the Native Americans had found their best settlement areas. It would appear that their diet also included a good deal of fish based on fishing equipment and duck decoys found. This meant waterways were important also because of trade. Clans of giants in the North showed signs of having acquired Gulf Coast seashells. No doubt, they could trade their copper.
Copper: Throughout all the civilizations unearthed with ancient giants, copper played a large role. These people knew how to work with metals and they lived near where they could mine them. Interestingly, giants were found in California/Nevada/Arizona/Utah and Michigan area - all copper mining regions. In fact, there is reason to believe a lot more giants lived in the West because of the prevelance of copper. In the time they were living in this region, it was filled with lakes and wildlife. It was quite a different place before it made the shift to arid desert. And, less giants have been found in the west for the very reason that one can drive for hours without seeing civilization. It is much more sparsely populated than the east and definitely less farmed and settled. Copper gave them a great bargaining tool for trade, as well.
Mounds/Caves: Conical mounds are easier to distinguish, but many caves have remained hidden and are sometimes even blocked by a rolling rock that was placed there to entomb. There a great many caves in both areas where you find the majority of giants - Midwest and West. The caves found in the west have mostly been up at higher elevations where waterways reached thousands of years ago. Many caves were reported to house not only tombs, but many tools of their living, precious items like shell jewelry and hand carved children's marbles.
We make assumptions that the southwest couldn't have many ancient giants, but in the time they were building civilizations in America, the southwest was not as we know it now. It probably has some of the best potential for untapped sites because here, population is more sparse and there are no a lot of farmers tilling and disrupting the desert. It was also the copper capital of the entire country and a commute that attracted sea-faring types as witnessed in California's large giant population, especially the vast one on Catalina Island.
Where to look: Things to look for: Areas around copper sources, areas that are or were beside lakes, areas where caves are up on the rock formations up high, areas where trade was possible by waterway, areas that have not been developed and plowed under, areas with unusually shaped hills that are conical, and areas where convergences of major waterways occur.
Things to remember: All Native lands are off limits. When something of a giant find is made, it is considered of the ancient times in America and therefore, due to repatriotism laws, to be handed to Natives to bury, whether or not this proves by testing to not be Native descendents. The rules have not been changed and, in fact, are kept in place to help hide the truths. If one does find a legitimate claim with a hidden culture, commonsense says a University should be brought in to conduct a dig, but Bureau of Land Management and Smithsonian are death knells for such finds. So, it would be wise for anyone who comes across such finds, to measure, document, photograph, videotape and give size comparisons and such for public record so that everyone can see a true find before it ... disappears at the hands of poweres that be and motives that are still unclear.
With some research maybeReplyDelete