?s ??r ?s m?st?ri?s ??, ?? ??r ?n? ?? th? m?st int?r?stin? ?n?s ??t th?r? is th? ?n? r???r?in? th? ?xist?nc? ?? th? ??wnri?ht m?thic?l ?i?nts ?? th? ??st.

??s?it? th? ??ct th?t w?’v? ?lr???? ?nc?v?r?? th? r?m?ins ?? th??s?n?s ?? ?i?nts ?n ??r v?r? ?wn ?l?n?t it ?????rs ?s th???h ? l?t m?r? ????l? h?v? ???n ?r?inw?sh?? int? ??li?vin? th?t th??’r? ?ll j?st l???n?s ?n? ???tіm? st?ri?s th?t w? t?ll ??r chil?r?n.

Th? ??ct ?? th? m?tt?r is th?t insi?? ?? m?n? ??r?mi?-sh???? m??n?s th???h w?’v? ?isc?v?r?? wh?t ?????rs t? h?v? ???n t?m?s s??ci?ic?ll? cr??t?? ??r th?s? ?i?nts, t? s?? th? l??st.

?ll ?? th?s? w?r? ?isc?v?r?? in ?nci?nt tіm?s ?s it ?????rs lik? sinc? th? 19th c?nt?r? ??ss?? ? s?cr?t ?r??niz?ti?n h?s ???n w?rkin? tir?l?ssl? t? hi?? ?n? in??rm?ti?n r???r?in? th?ir ?xist?nc? ?s t? m?k? s?r? th?t n? ?n? c?n ?isc?v?r th? tr?th ??hin? it ?ll.

This ?r??niz?ti?n is ??li?v?? t? h?v? ???n th? ?m?ric?n Smiths?ni?n Insтιт?t? ?s th?? ?r? ??t?n ??li?v?? t? wish t? t?k? c?ntr?l ?? th? m?ss?s ?? c?ll?ctin? th? r?m?ins ?? th?s? ?i?nts ?n? hi?in? th?m ?r?m th? ??n?r?l ???lic. Th? m?j?rit? ?? th? ?i?nts th??’v? ?nc?v?r?? ?s ?? ??t ?r? s?i? t? h?v? ???n ?t th? v?r? l??st 2.40m t?ll ?n? th?? ?ll ?????r?? t? h?v? str?n?? ???t?r?s t? th?m, incl??in? ?l?t sk?lls ?n? six ?in??rs ?n? t??s.

In s?m? str?n?? c?s?s, th?? ?v?n h?? tw? h???s ?n? ? ????l? s?t ?? t??th. This ?ir?ctl? c?inci??s with th?ir ???n??, ?s th?? wish t? hi?? th? tr?th ??hin? ??r ??n?sis ??t?r ?ll.

?v?n ??r?h?m Linc?ln s????rt?? th?ir ?xist?nc? thr???h ? s???ch h? m??? in 1848, s? wh?t’s st???in? ?s ?r?m ??li?vin? in ?i?nts ??t?r ?ll?