Two Bigfoot hunters say that their discovery of a huge, charred handprint in a Nevada cave backs up their claims that legendary “Red-Headed Giants” once terrorized the desert. Don't just take their word for it.. go see for yourself!
In 1911 David Pugh and James Hart, two guano miners (yes, mining bat poo is really a thing), were excavating the mysterious Lovelock Cave on the eastern side of Nevada when they found something intriguing buried under 250 tons of excrement.
According to the men’s bizarre tale, hidden beneath six feet of bat crap they discovered several sets of giant bones, remains which many now believe belong to the Si-Te-Cah, a storied Paiute tribe of red-haired cannibal giants. Legend has it that the last remaining giants were burned alive inside the cave thousands of years ago.
As if being torched alive and having your race wiped out wasn’t bad enough for Si-Te-Cah, it seemed that Pugh and Hart were more interested in harvesting guano than preserving history, and many artifacts were destroyed before the Museum of Anthropology and the University of California were finally contacted for a proper excavation.
Proper excavations performed years later yielded plenty of other interesting finds, such as a cache of incredibly well-preserved duck decoys, but the remains of giant cannibals were nowhere to be found. It wasn't until 1984 that Lovelock Cave was designated as a historical site and given all the protections that come with the title.
While it might have seemed that any evidence, however dubious, pointing to the Si-Te-Cah was either whisked away by opportunistic tomb raiders or destroyed by clueless cavers, a cryptozoologist duo say that they've stumbled on to a piece of the puzzle.
After a recent expedition into Lovelock Cave, a set of images snapped by Bigfoot investigators MK Davis and Don Monroe were released, showing what they say is a very large hand-print. How large? According to them, whoever left the print would have been 18 feet tall. Even weirder, closeups reveal that the markings appear to have fingerprints.
Davis and Monroe have assured everyone that there's a more in-depth investigation in the works, but that's done little to appease skeptics who say that stories of giant bones and monstrous handprints are just holdovers from turn of the century snake-oil salesmen.
Of course, for anyone with an inquisitive mind and a sense of adventure, there's a great opportunity to conduct your own amateur archaeology expedition at Lovelock Cave. According to the Winnemucca Bureau of Land Management, the cave is open to the public and explorers are welcome to investigate.
If you're planning on heading off to do some exploration of your own, be sure to swing by the Humboldt Museum and have a look at some of the Lovelock artifacts that weren't lost to time.
If you run into any giant, ginger cannibals, please let me know.