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Sunday, December 05, 2010

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A GIANT SKELETON IN TUZLA, BOSNIA

The other day I came across the following story in The China Mail of June 19th 1933:

GIANT SKELETON FOUND

Twice the size of normal man

BALKAN DISCOVERY
Belgrade

The perfect skeleton of a man, nearly twice the size of a normal man, has been discovered near Tuzla Bosnia. Workmen digging the foundations of a house, discovered a huge marble slab, 15 feet long,19 feet wide and 4 feet 6 inches thick,under which the skeleton lay. Roman weapons and coins also found in the grave prove that the remains date back to the time of the Roman occupation of the Balkan Peninsular.

The skull is large, even in proportion to the other bones, and the jaws, which are well developed are filled with huge and perfectly preserved teeth. An expert has been called in to try to decipher the writing on the marble slab, which is much worn and thick with dirt.

Peasants of the whole district joined in the digging and pulling before the slab could be raised disclosing the grave.Further excavations around the grave have revealed many other graves of normal size and undoubtedly of Roman origin. – Reuter.

1. The China Mail June 19th 1933 p.4

1 comment:

twas_brillig said...

Did they have tabloids in 1933?

Otherwise, I bet the Nazis were all over this one.