PART III: LEGENDS
by Anthony Forwood (2011)
25: More On Giants
Let’s now turn our attention to the subject of giants once again, that enigmatic creature that is most commonly recognized from depictions in children’s fairy tales and in ancient mythology, but which, as we will see, may have been real creatures that actually existed right up until our relatively recent past.
In The Cosmic War: Interplanetary Warfare, Modern Physics and Ancient Texts, author Joseph P. Farrell donates a chapter to the subject of giants. In it, he offers some strong evidence that they actually lived on our planet at one time.
The first piece of evidence that Farrell points to is a certain treatise entitled Concerning the Long Life of Men Before the Flood, and the Greater Size of Their Bodies, which was written by no less than St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430 AD). In this treatise, St. Augustine attests to having personally seen, on the shore of Utica, the skeletal remains of giant men. He describes the molar tooth of one such giant as being one hundred times the size of a normal human molar. These could not have been mistakenly identified dinosaur bones, since there were a number of them to judge by, and it would be hard to misidentify the skull that the molar came from as anything but that of a hominid. St. Augustine also wrote that such remains often became “laid bare by age or the force of rivers and various accidents”, which indicates that these graves may not have been so old as to have become completely fossilized in hard rock strata, but were instead embedded in earth that was still soft enough that natural erosion could easily expose them. This would suggest that these giants lived not so far in the past with respect to St. Augustine himself.
Another piece of evidence that Farrell offers comes from another very reliable source: the Roman historian, Pliny the Elder (23 – 79 AD). Pliny is said to have reported that the Romans had observed a living giant whose bones were later brought from Joppa in Judea by Marcus Scaurus. The skeleton was described as being over forty feet long, with a spine that was one and a half feet thick. If such a report was true (and there’s no reason to doubt that it was), then this means that such large giants had lived during Roman times.
To clarify this, Farrell informs us that the great explorers Vespucci, De Soto, Drake, Magellan, and Coronado all had encounters with living giants in the Americas, although they were not of such a degree in size as that which Pliny had reported. Still, these giants living in the Americas were variously reported as anywhere from nine to twelve feet tall. We should also note the connections that have already been made between South American cultures and the survivors of a deluge, which, as has already been pointed out, the biblical giants may have survived. It’s not unimaginable that some of these giants may have ventured to new lands after this event. In fact, Patagonia, Chile, is known as a former land of giants. This is where Magellan came across them in 1520, as did Sir Francis Drake fifty-eight years later. Several skeletons, over ten feet long, were discovered here in 1615 by crewmen from the Dutch schooner, Wilhelm Schouten.
Farrell also points to other evidence that exists in the form of archeological remains, and lists a number of findings that have been made of giant human skeletons of varying proportions, but none so extreme as that described by Pliny the Elder and St. Augustine.
In his book, Farrell also provides an interesting photograph taken in London, England in the nineteenth century, that shows one such mummified giant standing in a large coffin that rests upright against the back of a railroad car. The giant is said to stand twelve feet, two inches tall, and, as can be clearly seen in the photograph, its head easily overlooks the top of the railroad car. The picture of this giant was featured in the December issue of Strand magazine in 1895. This picture has also been reprinted in the August/September 2001 issue of Nexus magazine, along with the original article. The giant was discovered by a prospector in County Antrim, Ireland. The original article states that the right foot had six toes.
Much of Farrell’s information on giants comes from the earlier work of Stephen Quayle, who obviously goes into the subject in far greater detail in his own book, Genesis 6 Giants: Master Builders of Prehistoric and Ancient Civilizations.
In the mid to late 1800s, a large number of finds were made in certain areas of North America of giants who appear to have been of kingly status. These particular giants were all between seven and eight feet tall, and had each been buried under a large earthen mound, with care taken to encase the bodies in makeshift coffins made of stone slabs. Some had been adorned with crowns, copper bracelets, swords and armor, and some even buried with great treasures. In some instances there were indications of a written language. These people, and the mounds that were associated with them, the latter of which can be found in many areas of the United States, are believed to have lived in North America before the American Indians arrived, and were a distinct and separate race from them.
Another find was made in Lompock Rancho, California in 1833, when soldiers dug up the skeleton of a twelve foot tall man along with weapons and other artifacts that were carved with strange symbols. Amazingly, this giant was found to have a double row of teeth. This find was apparently reburied in an unknown location. Other giants with double sets of teeth, seven of them, have been found under mounds in Clearwater, Minnesota.
The Indianapolis News, Nov, 10, 1975, described a nine foot, eight inch skeleton that was excavated from a mound near Brewersville, Indiana in 1879.
Seven skeletons of giants were found buried under a mound in Clearwater, Minnesota, in 1888. They had been placed in a sitting position, and each had double rows of teeth.
A huge stone sarcophagus was excavated in Crittenden, Arizona in 1891, containing the much-deteriorated remains of a twelve foot tall giant. Carvings on the granite coffin indicated that he had six toes.
In 1923, in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, a man by the name of Samuel Hubbard discovered two human skeletons that were fifteen and eighteen feet tall, respectively. Along with these, he also found a large number of footprints on an ancient beach, as much as twenty inches long, as well as that of a large elephant and a very small horse. He also found drawings that depicted elephants, ostriches, ibexes, dinosaurs, and a serpent with an egg in its mouth.
The Review-Miner, June 19, 1931, reported the discovery of two large human skeletons in the Humboldt lake bed near Lovelock, Nevada. One was eight and a half feet tall, while the other was almost ten feet tall.
In 1932, at White Sands, New Mexico, human footprints were discovered in gypsum rock that measured twenty-two inches long and eight to ten inches wide.
Human footprints were found in solid rock in Braton, Tennessee, measuring thirty-three inches long and twelve inches wide, and having six toes.
Nine foot tall human skeletons, as well as the bones of what appeared to be tigers and dinosaurs, were found in Death Valley in 1947.
Another story is given by the author Ivan T. Sanderson, who relates that an engineer stationed on the Aleutian Islands during World War II uncovered a mound-type grave filled with the remains of giants. The craniums of these humans reportedly measured up to twenty-four inches from base to crown, where normally they should measure only about eight inches. These skulls were also trepanned, a practice that’s found among certain ancient cultures around the world (such as we saw with the Maya). These remains are apparently locked away at the Smithsonian Institute, being suppressed from public awareness.
Giant human skeletons have been found in Mexico as well. A New York Herald-Tribune article for June 21, 1925, and a Washington Post article for June 22, 1925, reported that miners had unearthed human skeletons measuring ten to twelve feet tall near Sisoguiche, Mexico. Also, in 1926, the bones of giants who averaged over ten feet in height were discovered at or near Nayarit, Mexico. And on October 2, 1927, the Los Angeles Times reported that gigantic human bones were found near Tapextla, Mexico.
The New York Times of February 14, 1936, reported that the headless skeleton of gigantic proportions was discovered in the Chontales district of Nicaragua, with ribs a yard long and four inches wide, and the shin bone too heavy for one man to carry.
The report of the skeleton of a thirteen foot tall giant, dressed in full armor with sword and battle-axe, found in Cumberland, England, was made in a book entitled History And Antiquities Of Allerdale, which stems from the Middle Ages. The teeth were six inches long and two inches wide.
The remains of exceptionally tall giants have been found in France from time to time. In 1456, a twenty-three foot tall human skeleton was found by a river in Valence, France. In 1577, the skeleton of a human, almost twenty feet tall, was unearthed from under an oak tree in the Canton of Lucerne, France. In 1613, a skeleton, more than twenty-five feet tall, was found near the castle of Chaumont, in France.
In the 1950s, in southeast Turkey, road workers came upon a number of tombs containing human giants. Several of the thigh bones measured over forty-seven inches long, and their deceased owners were estimated to have been from fourteen and sixteen feet tall.
Australia has also had its share of discoveries. These giants have been labeled ‘magenthropus’ by anthropologists, and were from seven to twelve feet tall. Many have been found near Bathurst, New South Wales. A human molar tooth was found in the area by naturalist Rex Gilroy, which measured 67 x 50 x 42 mm in size, coming from a giant that is estimated to have been twenty-five feet tall. A number of immense fossilized footprints have also been found, some of these measuring seven inches across the toes and about two feet in length. The largest of them is estimated to have come from a twenty foot tall human. These prints are dated to millions of years old. Footprints found in sandstone near Kempsey, N.S.W. by Noal Reeves were made by a giant who stood an estimated seventeen feet tall. The aborigines of Australia claim that giants inhabited the land before them.
In the Philippines, a human skeleton was reportedly found that measured seventeen feet tall.
In China, the remains of other giants have been found, labeled ‘gigantopithecus blacki’, after their discoverer. These giants are estimated to have been from ten to twelve feet tall.
In researching this subject, it appears that the remains of human giants have been found throughout the world, on all continents, dating back from millions of years ago right up to the very recent past.
The reduced height of giants in the more recent reports, such as those encountered in the Americas by early explorers, suggests that they had slowly lost their great stature over the generations. If we consider that in the Old Testament Bible, it’s shown that the original human race had life spans of almost one thousand years, and that these life spans gradually became shorter and shorter over the generations, then it is quite reasonable to speculate that the stature of these giants also decreased over the generations, and for similar reasons.