It was about the end of the 1880s. A group of scientists was on an excursion in Pennsylvania’s Bradford County, near the New York state boundary in the state’s northeastern region, at the New York state line.
The group had proceeded to Sayre, where they got interested in a series of what seemed to be burial mounds and included a Pennsylvania state historian, two professors, and a member of the Presbyterian church’s hierarchy.
Dr. P.G. Donehoo of the church, together with professors A.B. Skinner of the American Investigation Museum and W.K. Moorehead of Phillips Academy in Andover, respectively, led their party to the first of the mounds to begin careful excavation. For over a century, scientists have been mystified by what they found.
After brushing away dirt and stones, the team uncovered numerous male bones. The burial date of the frames was estimated to be about A.D. 1200. So far, everything has gone according to plan. They measured the fragments and analyzed the structure more closely after that. It was eventually discovered that all of the men were over seven feet tall, an in-group height that was unheard of in ancient times.
Surprisingly, close examination of the mystery men’s skulls showed that they each had two actual horns that were an integral part of each skull. They were present, despite the fact that it was impossible. Giants with seven feet of horns who lived almost 800 years ago!
The elated specialists carefully packed the bones for shipment and transferred them to Philadelphia’s American Investigation Museum for further examination. Specialists at the location pondered the enigmatic remains for months.
The skulls were later said to have gone missing, stolen, or been misplaced from the museum. Donehoo, Skinner, and Moorehead did not note the finding of any human bones with gigantism or horned protrusions at Sayre in their official excavation reports. This surprise finding was covered in journals and publications. Then they fled, never to be seen again, leaving behind a conundrum that will stay unsolved for all eternity.