Mysterious Mounds and American Giants

Across the United States, structures often referred to as “Indian Mounds” can be found dotting the landscape.  These mounds of earth are distinct from natural formations in that they are clearly designed structures made by intelligent hands.  Long thought to be the creation of Native Americans for various reasons (ceremonial rituals, burial sites, etc), some researchers have begun to question whether it is possible that the mounds predate Native American inhabitants, and are finding that there seems to be a correlation between the mounds and reports of anomalous artifacts in the surrounding areas – including giant human remains.

This weekend, L.A. Marzulli, Richard Grund, and Russ Dizdar are hosting a gathering in Newark, Ohio called the “Nephilim Mounds Conference”.  Also in attendance will be Fritz Zimmerman, author of the books The Nephilim Chronicles: Fallen Angels in the Ohio Valley and The Nephilim Chronicles: A Travel Guide to the Ancient Ruins in the Ohio Valley.

The conference will be held on September 28, 29, and 30th.  I’d hoped to be able to attend, alas it just isn’t possible for me to make the trip.  But if you live in or around the Newark area… or if you happen to have the weekend open and are able to travel, this conference will surely be one not to miss.  Not only are all of the hosts going to be delivering individual presentations, but there will be a guided tour of the various Ohio Valley mound sites which I’m certain will be a fascinating excursion.

Aerial view of the mysterious Ohio valley Serpent Mounds

Of particular note in the area of Newark is a structure known as “The Octagon”.   Occupying an area of 3000 x 2000 feet of terrain, this incredible structure is part of a larger interlocking system of earth and stone mounds that comprises about 4 square miles of the area.  To attempt to describe the massive size of the mound complex in and around Newark, I share this quote from Bradley Lepper, Ohio Historical Society Archeologist.  He says, “The Newark earthworks were built on a scale that dwarfs many of the Old World’s most famous sites. The Great Pyramid of Egypt would fit comfortably within the square enclosure at Newark. The Octagon would hold four Roman Colosseums, and Stonehenge would fit within the small circular enclosure located at the Octagon’s southeastern gateway.”

Photo: Richard Pirko (Youngstown State University)

Early European settlers discovered this gigantic complex and began to speculate about the advanced civilization that built it.  Excavations took place by those looking for treasures within, and many artifacts were destroyed in the process.  It is said that among the items found in and around the Octagon were giant skeletal remains that were larger than any that could belong to even the largest human beings.

With the destruction of so many artifacts and the now “missing” skeletons, institutions like the Smithsonian (which has been implicated in the confiscation of giant skeletons all over the U.S.) have perpetrated the idea that these mounds were built by Native Americans.  However, Native American tradition seems to discount this idea in that like the European Settlers, they claim the structures were already in place when they arrived on the land.

‘The Indians are in agreement in saying that their fathers came from the west; they found the works of the Ohio just as they are to be seen today. But the date of this migration of the Indians from the west to the east varies according to the nations…Another tradition claims that the works of the Ohio were raised by the white Indians. These white Indians, according to the red Indians, were to have come from the east; and when they left the lake without shores (the sea), they came dressed like the palefaces of today’ (From Rene Chateaubriand, “Voyage to America”).

So, if Native Americans are not responsible for the earth mounds, then who built them?  This is the subject of discussion at the Nephilim Mounds Conference.  It is believed by the hosts of the summit that these mounds were the work of a race of beings known as Nephilim.  Biblically, the Nephilim were the giant hybrid offspring of fallen angels and human women.  The plot thickens.

As I researched this topic on my own, it came to mind that I had visited mounds like this in my childhood.  In Mandan, North Dakota there is an area known as Fort Lincoln along the Missouri River.  The site is open to tourists and is a popular destination for field trips for local students.  At Ft. Lincoln one can see the home of General George Custer, experience living history guided tours through the fort, and see first hand the “Indian Mounds” nearby.  Most of these are earthen structures that were designed to be inhabited, but there are a few that stand as mounds with no distinct purpose.

I decided that I’d dig into whether or not there were any strange archaeological finds near these earth mounds of my youth, and what I discovered truly shocked me.  The Scientific American, in 1883, published the following account: (bold emphasis mine)

Two miles from Mandan, on the bluffs near the junction of the Hart and Missouri Rivers, says the local newspaper,the Pioneer, is an old Cemetery of fully 100 acres in extent filled with bones of a giant race. This vast city of the dead lies just east of the Fort Lincoln road. The ground has the appearance of having been filled with trenches piled full of dead bodies, both man and beast, and covered with several feet of earth. In many places mounds from 8 to 10 feet high, and some of them 100 feet or more in length, have been thrown up and are filled with bones, broken pottery, vases of various bright colored flint, and agates … showing the work of a people skilled in the arts and possessed of a high state of civilization. This has evidently been a grand battlefield, where thousands of men … have fallen. …Five miles above Mandan, on the opposite side of the Missouri, is another vast cemetery, as yet unexplored. We asked an aged Indian what his people knew of these ancient grave yards. He answered: “Me know nothing about them. They were here before the red man.”

In my research I also discovered that there is a serpent mound complex in my home state of North Dakota called “Hawksnest” mound.  In Wells County there is a flat topped hill (butte) known as Hawksnest or The Hawk’s Nest, and atop the hill sits a serpent shaped mound several hundred feet long, with five connecting mounds or ridges.  I could find little information about it online, but I found a few comments on the Wells County website rather interesting, particularly that the mound builders, “were unknown to the Dakota Indians…. left evidence of their work on the top of the Hawksnest.”  In other words, the Native Americans that we KNOW lived in the region were not familiar with precisely who built these mounds.  Very curious.  I know exactly where this place is and I have NEVER heard of it prior to beginning this research, but it is now on my itinerary as a must visit locale.

I find it extremely peculiar that the stories being told all over the United States contain a few common threads.  Earth mounds – Giant Skeletons – Advanced Civilization – Predating Native American Occupation.  You probably have a story like this in your own area, but either you’ve not been told or it was shared with you as myth.  But I cannot disregard the evidence that there was a civilization that existed in the Americas prior to Native Americans that possessed a high level of intelligence and skill and were ridiculously large in stature. Knowing this, the Nephilim theory looks more and more intriguing.

If you’d like to find out more about the Nephilim Mounds conference (remember it is THIS weekend!), you can contact the event planners at NEPHIILMOUNDS@YAHOO.COM.  There is a website at nephilimmounds.com, but it is a little wonky in its set up (links are misaligned etc likely due to a quick setup) and in my opinion, doesn’t do a whole lot of justice to the high level of intelligence and expertise of those hosting the event.  To get a great picture of what has been discovered in the Ohio Valley, I’d direct you to Fritz Zimmerman’s site at gianthumanskeletons.blogspot.com.  He’s done exhaustive research on the actual physical findings of the area and his site should serve as a great primer for those who want to learn more about that aspect of the mounds.

To learn more about the work of the individuals hosting the event you can visit their websites.  L.A. Marzulli blogs daily at lamarzulli.wordpress.com.  His library of books and DVDs can be purchased at lamarzulli.net.  Marzulli also hosts a weekly radio program called Acceleration Radio at the Fringe Radio Network.  A link to the radio show can be found on his blog.  Marzulli is a frequent guest on Coast to Coast Am with George Noory and is best known for his books such as Politics, Prophecy and The Supernatural and The Cosmic Chess Match, as well as his Watchers DVD series.  I also had the privilege of interviewing L.A. Marzulli.  You can read it in full here:  10 Extraordinary Questions With… L.A. Marzulli

Richard Grund can be heard every Sunday night with co-host Joe Cetrone on Reflections in the Dark, and Wednesday nights on The Porch, both of which can be accessed via Firefall Talk Radio on BTR.  Grund has also recently released a book called The Supernatural Battle which can be purchased here.   The book is a field manual to spiritual warfare as experienced via his years on the front lines of paranormal investigation, demonic battle, and deliverance. His blog can be seen at The Beacon’s Glare and his website is supernaturalresponse.net.  I never miss an episode of either of Grund’s programs.   I was honored with the opportunity to interview Mr. Grund, and you can read the full interview right here:  10 Extraordinary Questions With… Richard Grund of the Supernatural Response Team.

Russ Dizdar is host of The Ragged Edge and Shatter Live, part of his Shatter the Darkness ministry.  Links to all of Dizdar’s work can be seen on the Shatter the Darkness website linked above.  He’s the author of the chilling non-fiction work, The Black Awakening which chronicles the rise of the satanic supersoldier and coming chaos via exploration of satanic ritual abuse, the Nazi regime, MKULTRA and Project Monarch and so much more.


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