Monday, September 10, 2012

Grave Creek Mound and the Marietta Earthworks

Grave Creek Mound, used on Megalithomania USA Poster
Last Thursday we travelled through five US states. Connecticut, New york, New Jersey, the entire length of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We knew it would take a full day to reach the enigmatic Grave Creek Mound of Moundsville, West Virginia, to begin our exploration of the sites of the Ohio Valley. This particular mound featured on the poster for our 2011 Conference in Glastonbury, Connecticut, so it was appropriate that we made that our first stop on the trip. However before we left Connecticut, we had heard about some interesting finds that have been discovered in New England. Jim Vieira outlines these in his excellent video lecture on the previous blog post, and this realisation that giant skeletons have been found all over North America altered my whole view of this country. Just knowing there was a race of Giants in North America thousands of years ago, is one of the most revelatory experience I have gone through. Knowing that this information has been deliberately suppressed, also snapped something in me, realising that there is a deep-rooted agenda to keep this not just quiet, but silent. 

Jim Vieira's latest article in Ancient American (issue 95) described "Giant skeletons in Gill and East Hartford, CT, a seven-foot-tall skeleton with double rows of teeth at the Fort River burial site in Hadley, Ma. with all the bone dimensions listed." He says: "Interestingly, the Pocumtuck Valley museum had actual giant skeletal remains on display up until a few years ago. The museum’s 1886 catalog of curiosities and relics states it had a giant skeleton from Gill, Massachusetts, and the skull, jawbone and thighbone from an “at least” eight-foot skeleton from Marion County Ohio. These remains were re-interred fairly recently, as part of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act." Jim has recovered several other old reports of these types of skeletons in Vermont, Massachussets, Maine and others in Connecticut. 

The Moundsville Mound Complex in West Virginia
Pennsylvania has its share of mounds and giants too. We headed briefly through New York and New Jersey (where there are also reports of giant skeletons, mounds, megaliths and many other fascinating mysteries), but spent most of the day cruising through  Pennsylvania. In 1822 in Bradford County, a sarcophagus measuring 9ft in length was discovered whist digging a cellar. A skeleton 8ft 2in tall was discovered inside. In Harrisburg, two large skeletons were discovered in 1880 that measured 11ft 8 in. Further northwest in Erie County many giant skeletons have been reported, including one of "8 to 10 feet tall".  On Fisher Farm in Bradford, many skulls were found that could fit over the heads of the discoverers, plus thigh bones a lot longer that the average. In 1883 at Sterling Run, skeletons up to 7 1/2 feet were discovered whilst digging a basement. All over the state were reports of this incredible race of giants, who's territory spread throughout the mid-west into Ohio and beyond. We reached the border of West Virginia and drove through Wheeling, a town that felt was very weird and probably haunted. A few minutes later we arrived in Moundsville, tired and weary, and as we approached the main street it started raining heavily and a lightning storm began right over the town. We went to both Motels and none had any rooms for the night. We found the 'Wheeling Inn', a run-down old-style hotel, with a tatty outside, right next to an old bridge, but a clean and tidy motel room with fast wifi. We felt like we needed 'wheeling in', as we were so tired. 

Megalith, between Wheeling and Moundsville
After breakfast, we made our way to Moundsville, spotting a megalith in one of the side streets (we got lost), and I knew that we should ask permission to enter this sacred space. it was granted, and the sun shone brightly for the rest of the day. After getting lost again, we arrived at the largest conical mound in North America, with a famous haunted prison directly behind it. The mound is 70ft tall with a diameter of 295 feet, weighing in at 60,000 tons and was part of a wider complex of mounds, octagonal earthworks and some stone towers up on the bluffs overlooking the town and the river. This would have been a clear warning for those entering this territory by boat or land. 

The Mound once had a moat or henge around it, that would have made it look a lot like Silbury Hill. The first excavation took place in 1838, that yielded two large skeletons, the female one wearing copper arm rings, and buried with various ornaments. 

Hugh at Grave Creek Mound, West Virginia
The enigmatic Grave Creek Stone was discovered at the same time, that was only a few centimetres wide, but powerful enough to potentially rewrite the known history of America. It was written in ancient semitic script, that Harvard epigrapher Barry Fell pronounced was Punic or Phoenecian, used somewhere along the Iberian peninsula somewhere around 1000BC to 100BC. It appears to be a greeting from a European, or British Queen to the Leader of the Adena people, who got buried in Grave Creek Mound. Was she perhaps from the 'Silbury Hill' culture of England and was it a meeting of the trans-atlantic Giant Royalty? Its odd how Silbury Hill is a unique feature in the Megalithic landscape of Britain, so perhaps, it was inspired by the mounds of North America. Several other giant skeletons have been found in nearby mounds in this part of West Virginia and there are least twenty more reports from other sites in the area. Check this book for details of those - The Nephilim Chronicles: Fallen Angels in the Ohio Valley, by Fritz Zimmerman.

Grave Creek Stone
Strange energies, ghostly sightings, men in black an even Mothman type hauntings have been reported around the mound, with a prison built right next to it that has become a paranormal hotspot. Television programs have used it for ghost hunter shows and it is said that the ghosts of inmates who have died there are often seen there. A notable example is the 'shadow man', who was spotted and photographed by several people that even responded to human interaction. See short video here. 
Moundsville Prison

The area around Grave Creek Mound may be a large graveyard for an incredible race of giants, so it's no wonder there has been paranormal activity at the nearby prison. I felt as sense of that power on the night we arrived, when we were surrounded by lightning and thunder. It was as though the great serpent and the thunderbird were telling me to come back the next day with a little more respect for the legacy that the mound builders have left for us to explore.  

After a hot afternoon filming, dowsing and photographing the mound, we headed south along the river to Marietta, a beautiful town that was built over a geometric mound complex that had great 'squares' and 'circles' that were now hidden within the foundations of the town. Said to be a Hopewell site (c. 100 BC) and located at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers in Washington County. It consists of flat-topped 'cross' mounds, similar to step pyramids in Mexico, which one of them now acts as the foundations of a library. The greater squares are at most 1500ft wide. More details of the site can be found here.

Marietta Mound Complex, Ohio
In the Graveyard, was the remains of another interesting mound, that was the 'moot' or axis-mundi of the lost complex. It was smaller than Grave Creek Mound, but it placement in the landscape and tingling energies, tantalised my geomantic mind. It had a deep moat or henge around it that was perfectly designed and constructed and showed a subtle and sophisticated side to the mound builders of this area. There are numerous mounds in the greater landscape around Marietta, but it was the geometric and geodetic nature of the complex that intrigued me. James Q. Jacobs says:"The Marietta and the Newark earthworks are the two largest Hopewell earthwork complexes. The largest earthwork at Marietta, the Marietta Square, measures about 1500 feet on a side. The largest Newark feature, the Octagon and connecting Circle, measures near 2900 foot in length." Jacobs describes detailed geodetic connections between Marietta and Newark (that we will be exploring in a couple of weeks), showing a astounding understanding of longitude and latitude, and even precise measurements of the earth. We'll take a closer look at those when we visit Newark, but you can see Jacob's work here if you can't wait -

I drove around Marietta and saw numerous banks and earthworks that were the last remnants of this incredible site. It was here that Ross Hamilton, in his remarkable book, Star Mounds: Legacy of a Native American Mystery, noted that the constellation Centaurus had half of its stars beautifully overlaying the entire site, much like Orion mirrors the three pyramids of Giza, Egypt (as discovered by Robert Bauval). 

Mound at Marietta, Ohio
We continued on our journey to Peebles, Ohio to meet up with our couch surfer host Roy, who was putting us up for the night before we explored the great Serpent Mound the following day. After an outdoor hot-tub and chilling out in his beautiful house whilst he went to hang out with some of his musician friends, we eventually fell asleep, only to be awakened by something quite extraordinary in the middle of the night.


  1. Very cool Hugh, I am originally from Ohio, and have been to WV many times. Very near Moundsville was the famous Fostoria Glass Factory. This whole area always had an interesting, strange feeling to it, but is also incredibly beautiful. One of my best friends is from Fairmont WV, only 20 minutes from Morgantown. To me, this area always had a feeling of being very old. I have always thought WV was one of the most beautiful states in the US and had a subscription to Wonderful WV Magazine, and we have issues going way back into the the early 1970s. In one of the issues I have there was a remnants of a huge dam in Southern WV, but so old it is now covered many feet of dirt. There is also another interesting story I believe is also from Southern WV about an ancient series of walled enclosures called the "Mystery Walls on Armstrong Mountain". I think I found this on Youtube. Anyway, I really like the work you and Jim Viera are doing about the subject of giants, its a whole subject area no one even knows about in the US that definitely appears to have been deliberately suppressed.

  2. Great article. The stone in the picture above that you refer to as a "megalith" is in the yard of an artist who used to sculpt stone. He used to work as a designer/artist at the Fostoria Glass plant in Moundsville and had the stones brought to his workshop. They were not part of any ancient ritual site. He was my neighbor, as I grew up five doors down from him and his family and went to school with one of his daughters.