Maysville Kentucky Blog

The Maysville Kentucky Blog is your guide to the beautiful and historic small town of Maysville Kentucky, snuggled into the rolling hills along the Ohio River. Though this blog has been discontinued, you can get your Maysville Kentucky fix over at Ken Downing's Mason County Kentucky Blog @ http://masoncountyky.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Ancient Civilization Beneath Kentucky

Here's an interesting thought next time you're out gardening in your yard: If you dig too deep, you may discover a lost civilization.

According to Unusual Kentucky, in a 1806 book called Travels In America, author Thomas Ashe wrote of the discovery of a vast cavern originally discovered in 1783 beneath the city of Lexington, 300 feet long, 100 feet wide and 19 feet high, containing "exotic artifacts, a stone altar for sacrifices, human skulls and bones piled high, and mummified remains."

These mummies were no ordinary mummies. They were reportedly strange looking with red hair and that doesn't match up too well with the Native Americans living in the area. The Native Americans believed the bodies to be from an ancient race who inhabited the area long before them.

Another strange discovery was made by General John Payne in 1792 beneath Augusta, Kentucky. Lewis Collins, the famous historian from Maysville, wrote about the discovery in Historical Sketches of Kentucky (1847):

"The bottom on which Augusta is situated is a large burying ground of the ancients... They have been found in great numbers, and of all sizes, everywhere between the mouths of Bracken and Locust Creeks, a distance of about a mile and a half. From the cellar under my (Payne's) dwelling, 60 by 70 feet, over a hundred and ten skeletons were taken. I measured them by skulls, and there might have been more, whose skulls had crumbled into dust... The skeletons were of all sizes, from seven feet to infant. David Kilgour (who was a tall and very large man) passed our village at the time I was excavating my cellar, and we took him down and applied a thigh bone to his. The man, if well-proportioned, must have been 10 to 12 inches taller than Kilgour, and the lower jaw bone would slip on over his, skin and all. Who were they? How came their bones here?"

Very strange indeed. The skeletons found in Augusta were of ancient people about a foot taller than the tall man from contemporary times. That's very odd considering people have become increasingly taller throughout history and ancient peoples would normally be much shorter than people from the 1800s. Then you have the red haired mummies from Lexington... also odd. I guess there's more to Kentucky history than we may have thought. Obviously the story needs to be updated to include this mystery race of tall, red-haired people who lived in the region long before short red-haired people arrived from Europe.

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