The Fall of the Giants by Jacob Jordaens (1636 – 1638) Museo del Prado (Public Domain)

Measuring Up Real World Archaeological Giants


Strabo, Philostratus and Pliny all wrote about mythological giants: Antaeus, Ilio son of Hercules , Orestes, Cyclops and many others, and one of the most common components of creation myths found in ancient cultures from Peru to China and Iceland to Egypt is the inclusion of prehistoric races of giants who first inhabited indigenous territories. In 2019, Dr. Marco Romano from the University of Roma in Italy, published a paper in the International Journal of Paleobiology highlighting that one of the determining factors influencing the myths about giants, was the discovery of “ large vertebrate bones (largely Cenozoic), initially interpreted as the remains of giant humans .” (Cenozoic era occurred circa 66 million years ago). His article casts serious doubt on the belief of a faction of modern researchers that giants actually roamed the planet in ancient times.

David faces the giant Goliath in this lithograph by Osmar Schindler (1888). (Public Domain)

David faces the giant Goliath in this lithograph by Osmar Schindler (1888). ( Public Domain )

However, researchers should take care not to confuse the mythical giants with the remains of really tall people in history, and it is not an indulgence in fringe archaeology to review the taller than average people who dominated indigenous peoples across the globe. Whether one believes it or not, such a review can be achieved with no mention of Smithsonian cover-ups or archaeological conspiracies.

The Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in American history made by P. T. Barnum and displayed at the Bastable in Syracuse, NY, circa 1869. It is currently on display at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York. (Public Domain)

The Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in American history made by P. T. Barnum and displayed at the Bastable in Syracuse, NY, circa 1869. It is currently on display at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York. ( Public Domain )

The Giant of Neolithic China

In 2019, according to reports from the Peoples Daily Online, archaeologists at the Jiaojia village in the Zhangqiu District, China, excavated more than 100 ancient houses, 200 graves and around 20 sacrificial pits. What shocked the archaeologists was the discovery of graves containing what they called: “ giant human forms with unusually tall and strong bones ” measuring up to six foot three inches tall, (1.9 meters) which is almost a foot taller than anybody else who had lived at the time, and if this wasn’t mysterious enough the skeletons dated to 5,000 years ago.

Belonging to a late Neolithic Civilization located near the lower reaches of the Yellow River, in a November 2019 article published in Archaeology-World, Dr. Fang Hui, head of Shandong University’s School of History and Culture, states that based on the bone structure of one of the skeletons, his height would have exceed 1.9 meters.


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Ashley Cowie  is a Scottish historian, author and documentary filmmaker presenting original perspectives on historical problems, in accessible and exciting ways. His books, articles and television shows explore lost cultures and kingdoms, ancient crafts and artifacts, symbols and architecture, myths and legends telling thought-provoking stories which together offer insights into our shared social history .

Top Image : The Fall of the Giants by Jacob Jordaens (1636 – 1638) Museo del Prado ( Public Domain )

By Ashley Cowie


Hi Mr. Cowie,

Forgot to say in my last comment, where I'm coming from. It is true my understanding;with regards to Giants, is based on The Bible and that these giant's in particular walked The Earth.

I realize for some people relying solely on just one Book like The Bible for information where History is concern might be considered limited. Accept with Ancient Origins at least for me is actually helping to confirm every subject and topic mentioned in The Bible.

Yes, I believe that a race of giant's once roamed the Earth.

The circumstances surrounding how these giant race's came in to existence is a hard notion to follow. On the other hand in the case of The Bible, I wouldn't have it any other way.

There is no forensic proof of the existence of giants, neither there is in historic texts. Men of about 2.0m height or even a little higher are no giants, although they looked so in the eyes of their contemporaries. It is all too convenient to claim that all evidence is suppressed, but this proves nothing. As about the myths (at least the ancient Greek myths), most probably they have their roots to fossiled giant paleo-animal bones.

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