> At Aine:
> Although archaeologists frequently use the average
> stature range for Adena in Webb and Snow's Adena
> People No. 1, which is 5.51 feet for males 5.20
> for females, the fact is that they based this
> ratio on studies of the bones of a mere 20 males
> and 6 females from Kentucky well enough preserved
> for measurement. Considering that the Adena
> Culture was also in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana,
> and West Virginia in the Ohio Valley, as well as
> in New York State, Southern Ontario, New
> Brunswick, Tennessee, Alabama, and along the Mid
> to North Atlantic Coast, it is my opinion that
> this data may be skewed and not entirely reliable.
> Of course, this does not mean at all that I am
> suggesting that all Adena people were the "Tall
> Ones", just that we probably don't have a well
> researched average" stature estimate. Most Adena
> were under 6 feet in height.
Even today, there are only two peoples that I know of where males average 6 feet: the Dutch and the men of Ethiopia, who average 6'3" if I recall correctly.
My point is this. To a people who average 5'5" (women being considerably shorter), 6 feet is huge--gigantic, in fact. That's above +2 standard deviations. Taking the 7 and 8 footers as outliers which you'd expect in any population, do you think it's possible that the Tall Ones could simply be people much taller than the Adena and Hopewell themselves, say 6 feet or better?
Also, I wonder if the giants served as shamans and spiritual leaders because of their visual anomalies as David pointed out. Perhaps the Adena thought they already had a conduit to the spirit world?
I would like to thank you for not claiming there were 13 or 14 ft. tall giants roaming around!