Originally posted by Stormdancer777
Well, it's seriously badly researched about a hoax from the early 1900's, so if you mean "serious" in that context, I suppose it applies.
In fact, I agree with Wikipedia that this is a hoax from the 1920's:
The thousands of artifacts from the cave ended up in the Humboldt museum -- and the artifacts are not from people of unusual size. You can see them
The dig was extensive, and a lot of material was published on it, including an analysis of coprolites (fancy archaeological/paleontological word for
There's several book published on the excavations:
The Culture History of Lovelock Cave, Nevada
GL Grosscup… - 1959 - University of California, Berkeley
There's articles (go to Google Scholar and type in "Lovelock cave" (include the quotes)) on parasites found in coprolites, remains of birds,
plants, and so forth. The artifacts found in Lovelock Cave are often used to compare and date artifacts found at other sites.
A complete catalog of the findings PLUS the history of all the digging activities is here. They found human muscle and body parts including a leg,
but no mummy:
The mummy shown in the photograph in the article is one of the Egyptian pharaohs (not sure which one -- I'm judging this based on the presentation
and the cloth covering the lower body, which is similar to the way the ones in Cairo are presented and the formal crossed hands indicating that the
mummy was royal -- also the unusual state of preservation. Natural mummies are not that well preserved nor do they conveniently fold their arms in
that position when they die.)
Given the number of people crawling all over the material in the cave from many different associations, any remains of giant humans would have quickly
been purchased by museums (in a bidding war) to put on display.
I don't find any mention of the stone in a quick look over artifacts -- I'm wondering if some non-archaeologist interpreted an atlatl stone as a
calendar stone. I'd like to see a genuine picture of that item.
In February and June of 1931, two very large skeletons were found in the Humboldt dry lake bed near Lovelock, Nevada.
And here is a very complete review of the (multiple) digs and findings:
Notice, no giant skeletons.
Now... there IS a report that I saw about dental modifications, so some group in that area was apparently filing their teeth. However, this doesn't
mean that they ate humans. People modify teeth for any number of reasons.