Thanks to Diane for the original link :)
As it turns out the original report is a dis-info job, but it has inspired a discussion exploring some questions around little people. Thanks debunkers, your doing a great job.
Concept art for "Jack the Giant killer" by Justin Sweet (link)
This story reminds me of the "Little People" of Celtic legend.
The 3 Skeletons in the fake report below are said to be about 800 years old, from around the time of the English occupation after the Normans.
What is the hidden history of this important part of Irish Folklore?
How do our stories reflect the cultures of the small and the giant people in the stories?
And from who's perspective?
There are supernatural events in Legends aswel as real life, and I'd bet that 800 years ago they were seen as more natural events.
Here is the fake "news" report, see the comments for more info and a few interesting photos
A team of archaeologists affiliated with the University College Dublin, have unearthed three skeletons from a previously unknown humanoid species of extremely small size in a wooded area of Eastern Ireland. The specimens measuring between 47 and 61 centimeters are presumably from an entirely new species of humanoid, distinct from modern humans, which would have survived until the 12th or 13th century AD.
The bones which were presumably partially unearthed by a recent rainfall, and were found by three local children who were playing in the area. The young boys immediately contacted the police, believing they had found the remains of murdered children. The medical examiner called on the site, rapidly understood that this was not a modern crime scene, but seemed instead to be an unusual archeological site. He contacted the University College Dublin to ask for help, and the institution sent Professor Edward James McInnes to analyze the discovery.
The bodies of two females and one male were discovered with a small number of artefacts in what appeared to have been a small settlement, near the banks of the river Boyne. The team of archaeologists led by Professor McInnes, has named the species Homo minusculus, which means either ‘Tiny Man’ or ‘Is small in comparison’.
Various small stone Tools and weapons were found near the bodies, including an axe, two knives, a spear point and even two miniature sewing needles. These items suggest that the Homo Minisculus had only reached a technological level comparable to human hunters-gatherers from the Paleolithic period, as no pottery or metal items have been found on the site. Many bones from various small animals including squirrels, hares, moles and hedgehogs were found near the settlement, many of which bore traces of cooking.
The various dating analyses realized on the bones and artefacts have shown that they dated from somewhere between 1145 and 1230 AD, which means that the species would have coexisted with modern humans for more than 45000 years. This amazing discovery suggests than many tales and stories from the Middle Ages which were considered as fantastic by historians, could indeed be based on real facts. Homo minusculus could have inspired stories of leprechauns, elves and brownies that are common in European folklore.
It remains unclear at the moment if Homo Minusculus evolved from Homo erectus, from Homo sapiens idaltu or even from Homo sapiens sapiens, but its morphological similarities with modern humans suggest that it evolved as a separate subspecies towards the end of human lineage.
The explanation for its small size also remains a mystery, but Professor McInnes believes it could be linked to the scarcity of resources during the most recent glacial period which extended the last years of the Pleistocene, from approximately 110,000 to 12,000 years ago.
After the discovery of the Homo Floresiensis (that would have stood about 1.1 m in height) in 2003, on the island of Flores in Indonesia, a human subspecies which is believed to have gone extinct about 30000 years ago, this new find proves that many other hominin subspecies did indeed coexist with modern humans for thousands of years.
The Little People in the Darby O'Gill movie are around a foot high, comparable to the three small Skeletons that were found in Drogheda the other day.
I couldn't find the entire (dis ney) movie to watch online, but in some of the clips we are told they had an advanced culture, could grant wishes, had supernatural abilities, could dance really fast and ride tiny horses. But one thing is clear, its that we all need to take another look at what we used to dismiss as nonsense and folk tales. The fact that the idea of little people already exists in our consciousness proves that this history is not as hidden as was once thought, and that if we dig deeper we may find that many stories have survived the centuries.
I suppose the question is; did they disappear for some reason or are they still here?
Something occurred to me when I saw that first image, is that some of our Irish Stories and Nursery Rhymes about Giants and The Little People that are from our perspective, could also be stories and Legends of Little People from their perspective.
That would account for some supernatural elements in the tales, and may also give important information about their culture in the story.
Other cultures have their own definitions of the Giant stories, such as David and Goliath, Gulliver's Travels, Jack and the beanstalk, etc. Could it be that stories of Giants on Earth could also be stories of the Little People in all our different cultures, and communicating to us that they also had a civilization comparable to ours at the time?
This is fascinating. And would be so exciting, if true. However I am looking for any reference to this story that has not originated with the World News Daily Report. So far until i find a link with an archaeological site, i am holding off investing.
Edit...hold up...here it is...
You know what it was...i did not believe the pic of Prof mcInnes ;p for some reason.
Well spotted Anam, good link there aswel
Its a pity about that, as I had gained some excitement about it too
The "tiny blade" photograph is flint from about halfway down this page http://rhysmwyn.blogspot.ie/2013_06_01_archive.html
Am going to change the discussion title from "skeletons found" to something more appropriate, as the legends still remain. Its ironic that this particular thread was inspired by a dis-info page designed to divide people on the issue, thanks World News Daily Report :)
http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/smithsonian-admits-to-destruction-o... More on the subject.
As we know, in 'fairy tales' we find some truth and I suspect we will see more of these conflicted stories. Look around, you see Hobbit like people in the street, some people look 'elfin' in appearance, you get very very tall people and you have people with 'dwarfism'. If we consider these variations, not as just 'difference' but as possibly provable genetic lineage to earlier humanoid genetic diversity. This is a neglected area of research and it is fertile ground for misinformation and outright obfuscation.
Anyone interested in legendary Celtic races should check out Kev's podcast on our early origins