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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 All,

I'm not so sure dismissing the oral history of the Ancient World's; historical record that whole Race's of Giant's once thrived on Earth.

That our great-grandparents thousands of Empire's/Dynasties & Centuries removed repetitive testimony that they were spawned by gods, Star People In Mesoamerica, or fallen Angels or even Ancient Aliens for people that has an interest in that Subject.

The point is every culture, every diverse people's of hundreds and thousands of languages and dialects testifies too Giant's at one point living besides us on Earth and it wasn't a shared harmony these Giant monsters cultivated our Ancestors like chattel.

Stories in Mesoamerica testifies that they were cannibals so they ate our People.

It's from the Greeks we learn of the Titans and The Race of Giant's, that were cannibals, it's from The Oldest Bible Books of Enoch we learn those Titans, Cyclops, Ogre's, an Trolls grew to 3000 feet an we're cannibals.

The Norse Stories pertaining to The Asgardian Clan ruled by Odin his family were constantly at War with these Giants some have even been identified as Frost Giant's they could perhaps I don't know for certain manipulate the elements of weather much like Ba'al, Jupiter & Zeus could do with the weather (by the way I'm convinced those three were Fallen Angel's at least two might have been Father and Son's).

Then there's oral histories of Giant's in Britian, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales as example Jack the Giant Killer remember Jack and the Beanstalk? I admit not sure if the stories in Europe mentions cannibal Giants it might have been with Ogres.

These encounters resulted in War with the full intention of driving them too extinction because in the long run that's what these Giant's were doing to our great-grandparent's.

Then there are the Anasazi in Mesoamerica that multiple of Indigenous Tribes from Present Day Canada to North America of whole Civilizations of Giant's that thrived here, then there's Mexico, Central America and South America with the Incans in Peru Giant's who the Incan People waged War against.

Also, the Incans were disgusted by their intimate relations with each other how can we doubt these stories of the pass that is a very descriptive telling in regards to The History of Giant's.

Giant's in Asia Minor an in India whole races that thrived in Japan, China, Cambodia, The Philippines even as faraway as New Zealand.

There's been a small basis of people who feel all the various Tribes, Family Clans, an Races might have at one point lived together in Antarctica.

That possibility makes a lot of sense to me I just read in Enoch 3 The Book of Giant's that God didn't automatically pour out judgement against those Giant children fathered by The Watcher Angel's, it wasn't their fault how they came into existence.

God then prepared for these children of the Fallen Angel's, a place of refuge for them to live (think of it like a Nature Preserve accept 3000 foot Giants lived there.

That place in all probability was Antarctica; it's just that Antarctica? Is identified in Hebrew an Aramaic language that reference Antarctica differently, in Enoch 3.

Their Personal Behavior by choice and how they corrupted Themselves here on Earth.

At one point in the narrative God The Ancient of Days attempts too reason with the more reasonable one's an for those of us out there who Believes in The Bible; none of us will know the outcome, until, Judgement Day.

The argument that if they were here we'd find their skeletal remains that's a reasonable argument; but, maybe that's the point the lessons of our Ancestors.

For those of us who are like me an believes; The Bible, about Eden and The Forbidden Fruit resulting in The Fall of Man, and then of course The Greek Stories of Pandora's Box, beware of the doors you may unintentionally open.

Then perhaps we're not supposed to find those skeletal remains in the first place.

I guess that's all I have to share about The Race of Giant's who lived on Earth an our Ancestors who tried too teach Us our History that we routinely ignored.

This was an exciting Topic to discuss with Everyone, so until next time Goodbye!

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