A Burial Ground of Small Human Skeletons Found in Tennessee: The Legend

Sara B
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According to a newspaper published on August 20, 182, three burial grounds were found in White County, Tennessee. At first, this does not appear odd; however, when the tombs were opened, tiny skeletons were found inside the tombs of stone.

It was said that the skeletons were nineteen inches long, but they were not babies. As the teeth of the skeletons determined this, it was said that they lived to a ¨great age, ¨ and their teeth were worn smooth and short, and others were full and long.

The graves were approximately two feet deep, the coffins made of stone, and were made by laying a flat stone at the bottom, one at each side, one at each end, and one over the corpse. They were buried with their heads facing east, in order, and on their backs with their hands on their chest.

In the bend of the left arm, they discovered a mug big enough to hold a pint of liquid. The mug was made of stone or shells that were grey. One of the skeletons had ninety-four pearl beads on the neck.

The archaeologist who discovered this burial site stated it is not the only one and believes it is the appearance of an ancient town. The bones are strong and well set, as well as well formed.

The graveyard extends from half an acre to an acre and a half. Not far from this burial site of the small people was a burial site for those who were 7-9 feet long, as well as another burial of small skeletons, possibly Pygmys.

Many think that this gravesite was part of the Pygmy´s that were also found in Coffee County, Tennessee. Scientists believe that a race of pygmy once inhabited this country. In the gravesite in Coffee County, there were approximately 75,000-100,000 buried there.

Possibly showing that there were other races of humans. However there are no bones from either story, and many believe it is the Pygmy Legend of Tennessee.


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