Tennessee Pygmy

Small Hominid of North America. PP'hysical description: Height, 3 feet. Distribution: Sparta, Tennessee. Significant sightings: in the early nineteenth century, a burial site containing the skeletons of people of apparently very short stature was found near Sparta, Tennessee. The graves were 2 feet long, 14 inches wide, and 18 inches deep. one skeleton was said to be 2 feet 10 inches in length.

PP'ossible explanation: The bones were either of children or of disarticulated adults.

Sources: John Haywood, The Natural and Aboriginal History of Tennessee (Nashville, Tenn.: George Wilson, 1823), pp. 153, 193-209; "A Pygmy Graveyard in Tennessee," Scientific American Supplement 1 (1876): 259; Joseph Jones, Explorations ofthe Aboriginal Remains of Tennessee (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1876), pp. 2-13; Alton Howard Thompson, "The Stone Graves of Tennessee," American Antiquarian 23 (1901): 411.

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