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Is the Huge Handprint Found in Nevada’s Lovelock Cave Evidence of a Lost Race of Cannibalistic Giants?


Did two Bigfoot hunters stumble onto evidence of a long lost race of giant cannibals in a Nevada cave? They believe that their discovery of a huge, charred handprint backs up their claims of legendary “Red-Headed Giants”.

In 1911 David Pugh and James Hart, two guano miners (yes, mining bat poo is really a thing) were excavating a 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. Eventually, in 1984, Lovelock Cave was designated as a historical site and given all the protections that come with the title.

Recently, a set of images snapped by Bigfoot Investigators MK Davis and Don Monroe were released, showing the interior of the 150-foot cave and what looks to be one very large hand-print. According to ‘Paranormal Geeks Radio’ the proportions of the suspected hand-prints may have belonged to a person roughly 18 feet tall. Adding to the evidence captured by the Squatchers are what they claim to be dermal ridges burned into the stone bolder, which would point to impressions made by human (or human-like) hands.


More investigation is in the works, but for now what we’re left with is a bunch of images that you have to admit are pretty interesting. See the photos for yourself and stay tuned for more!

What do you think about the images captured by MK Davis and Don Monroe? Is it evidence of long dead, giant, red-headed cannibals? Or did they simply find the remnants of an ancient campfire? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, on twitter @WhoForted, or in the comments below!

Dana Matthews
Dana Newkirk is a co-creator and regular contributor to WF? 'Zine. Dana hosted the internationally syndicated television series The Girly Ghost Hunters, which originally aired on the Space Channel in Canada. It was pretty terrible. If you so choose, you can catch the reruns on Sunday mornings around 4:30am on channel 44. Her main interests lie within the genre of vintage fringe, though she has been known to stand awkwardly in the background of many Who Forted videos.


  1. Red Pill Junkie

    07/29/2013 at 12:36 PM

    I thought the red-haired man-eating giants had 6 fingers.

  2. Harley

    07/29/2013 at 1:46 PM

    Surely there are scientific tests that can be used to identify the remains. Scrape off a sample, and run some tests? I have no idea who you’d go to for these sorts of tests, though. But surely there must be something left behind for testing in that ‘hand print’..

  3. Jay

    07/30/2013 at 7:06 AM

    Maybe he was an Aryan red headed giant thief, but was living under ancient Sharia Law, cost him a digit

  4. Mike Sievers

    07/30/2013 at 8:54 AM

    So where are the bones? That is much better evidence…

    • desert

      07/31/2013 at 1:52 PM

      The stupid assed smithsonian took all the evidence and now as usual say they don’t have it….they can’t let anything out that shows their evolution theory is bullshyt now can they? That would show them as the gullible fools they are!

      • Darren

        08/01/2013 at 1:26 AM

        How exactly would the giant bones disprove the theory of evolution? Considering there are fossils and bones of other apes larger than humans already recorded surely these would just add the large pile of evidence supporting the theory of evolution..

        • bill

          08/04/2013 at 10:17 AM

          because in evolution,,, the STRONG survive

          • jesse

            08/04/2013 at 2:29 PM

            with that logic we should still be surrounded by dinosaurs. neanderthals were larger and stronger than humans but they didnt survive either. your logic is weak son.

          • CS

            08/04/2013 at 6:38 PM

            According to Wallace and Darwin the best adapted survive, the most fitting. Even if they meant ‘fit’ in the sense of healthy, it would not automatically include the strong.

  5. don

    07/30/2013 at 9:13 AM

    The bones of 7′ and 8′ giants have been removed many years ago. Some of the bones are supposed to in a museum in Winenmucka (sp) . I called them, they said the bones are no longer allowed to be viewed by the public.

    • Thorin

      07/30/2013 at 12:06 PM

      That seems rather odd

      • desert

        07/31/2013 at 1:52 PM

        seems rather smithsonian to me!

    • Justin Case

      07/30/2013 at 2:47 PM

      I advise you chain yourself to that museum door, pour gasoline or go on a hungry strike demanding you view the bones and secretly photography and post them on “Who Forted” for us to believe you with unequivocation.

      • icliks

        07/31/2013 at 10:50 AM

        There really is a conspiracy on the part of the darwinists (aka Smithsonian) to bury, or should we say re-bury evidence of ancient giants. If you don’t believe that, research it. Then you will. Here’s a place to start. http://wp.me/Pjnjm-1uB

      • jesse

        08/04/2013 at 2:30 PM

        lol justin is that you its robbie burgs son

    • transientdreams

      08/01/2013 at 8:49 AM

      None of the ancient giant bones are allowed to be viewed anywhere in the world because of religious and historical conflicts. Theologians will lose followers in droves & academics of actual conventional, written history will be booed from their university podiums en mass. These are cowards who fear the truth and their own exposure. Both religious AND historical “scholars” are feeding you shit saying: “Most nutritious! Keep eating!” While pissing on your head telling you: “It’s just rain, kiddo. Ain’t it refreshing?”

      And it won’t ever, EVER stop until we teach our kids AND grand kids exactly what ‘Forbidden Archeology’ is all about!~

  6. Hugh McCallie

    07/30/2013 at 11:41 AM

    Anyone seriously interested should contact the museum in Winnemucca, Nevada, and purchase the book written by a Chief’s daughter, Sarah Winnemucca. The book contains a brief account of the event, which was a very long time ago, when there were many lakes in a state which is now mostly desert. Notice the dry lake beds on any good map of Nevada. Most of the skeletal remains were stolen by a University of California Professor, and others, so the Museum should not be blamed for keeping the bones locked away from public view. I will not respond to any comments.

    • Hugh McCallie

      07/30/2013 at 11:45 AM

      Litigation against the U of C was not successful. They said the bones were “lost”.

  7. Cato

    07/30/2013 at 4:03 PM

    Many finds of this nature were reported throughout N. America during the 19th Century, and in the latter part of that century as well as the early 20th, many teams were dispatched from the Smithsonian in particular, as well as private universities such as Harvard and Yale, which had large anthropological collections. These teams made collections that were often documented in local newspapers, as the activities were arduous, took time, frequently took place under very harsh conditions, and made an impression upon the locals (indeed, frequently employed them briefly). Virtually all of these collections have been “lost” or “disappeared.” Modern anthropologists deny their existence, or refer to them as myth or “conspiracy theory.” For more, see Steve Quayle’s website, or http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net. The world is not necessarily as you have been made to believe.

  8. Fabiana Letícia

    07/30/2013 at 4:17 PM

    Porque nos escondem a história? qual é o propósito de tanto mistério, o que não querem que saibamos.?????????

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  12. White Trash Peg

    07/31/2013 at 1:25 AM

    I actually vaguely remember stopping to look at petroglyphs near here when I was ghost town hunting in Northern Nevada. I wish my lousy guide book would’ve said something about giant’s handprints – I would’ve explored a little harder!!

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  15. John Davis

    08/01/2013 at 6:06 AM

    This is a lot like the “artificial structures” that certain crackpots keep finding on Mars. Pick the most artifical-looking rock formation among a sea of similar rock formations, conveniently ignore the other rock formations, and call the one “artificial”.

    The same goes with this cave find. Let’s pretend that the soot (of what looks to be dozens if not hundreds of campfires) above the “hand” isn’t there, and that the thumb isn’t in the wrong place, and that the rest of the palm isn’t missing, so we can be astonished that *some* of the other fire marks look a little like fingers. Sigh.

    On the fringe where it belongs.

    And this is coming from someone who wholeheartedly believes there are giant skeletons in the basement of the Smithsonian.

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  22. arb

    08/06/2013 at 7:26 AM

    I am pretty sure that’s Rorschach hand print.

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