It is very rare that a person is 7 feet tall in this day and age. In this article, we’re going to take a look at five cases where people have not only grown to 7 foot but have exceeded it!
In early 2015, archaeologists unearthed the bones of a man while excavating the old Roman city of Odysseus in the Bulgarian city of Varna. The man, nicknamed Goliath, is thought to be over nine feet tall and to have died defending his castle in the late fourth century. Another tale is that ‘Goliath’ was a builder who was helping repair or reinforce the area, which is understandable as a man of his size would have been a great asset when moving around heavy objects. “The size of the bones are enormous and very impressive.
It’s clear this was a huge man, we suspect he may have been killed maybe while defending the wall as his remains were found alongside the wall.” Scientists are now going to test how tall this man actually stood and see if he truly was a giant.
4. Giant Footprint
Located in South Africa, near the town of Mpuluzi, geologists have been marvelling at this giant human-like footprint found in rough granite, measuring at about 4 feet long. It is said to be between 200 million and 3 Billion years old based on our current understanding of the formation of granites in Earth’s history. This amazing footprint in the granite was discovered in 1912 by a hunter called Stoffel Coetzee while hunting in the remote area. At the time, this was a very remote part of South Africa known as the Eastern Transvaal and was abundant with wildlife.
Other giant bones that have also been discovered in South Africa support such a myth, as scientists predict these human-like creatures would have stood around 12 feet tall. The age of the rock takes us back almost 3 billion years which has left some speculation over whether the rock has been tampered with to make it look like a footprint. But the possibility that this was a carved hoax is extremely low because of its remote location leaving many undecided on this topic.
3. Giant Finger
In 1988, north of Cairo Egypt, Swiss entrepreneur Gregory Spoerri contacted and met with an old man at a farmhouse to take a look at the family heirloom. On arrival, Gregory was presented with a huge 15-inch mummified finger. “I was totally flabbergasted when I saw the dark brown giant finger. I was allowed to take it in hand and also take pictures, a bill put next to it to get a size comparison” He said. The finger was clearly well kept as it still had the fingernail attached to it, as well as a large amount of dried mould. The Swiss were told by the man that the finger had been found in a giant mummy’s grave not far from the pyramids of Giza.
In comparison to the sheer size of the finger, it is estimated that whoever this finger belonged to would have stood at an incredible 16 feet tall. Meaning this finger belonged to a real life giant. Writings to perhaps support this can be found in the Bible, Genesis 6:4, “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that”. Now although the Bible is one of the most disputed articles in the modern era, this could be argued as substantial evidence that Giants indeed may have existed.
2. Lovelock Cave Nevada
The Paiutes are a Native-American tribe who lived in Nevada. This tribe have an old tale that they told to early white settlers of the area about a race of red-haired giants, their ancestors referred to the Giants as the “Si-Te-Cah.” The story teaches us that the Giants were vicious, unfriendly and cannibal like monsters who would take members of tribes to slaughter and eventually eat. The story goes on to tell us of a great battle what started off between the Si-Te-Cah and the Paiute. The Paiute knew that they would not be able to defeat the Si-Te-Cah alone, so they and other local tribes battled against the Red-Haired Giants until they backed them into Lovelock Cave.
The tribes then set the cave on fire leaving them to either suffocate or be shot dead trying to escape. Over time, the skeletons and artefacts were uncovered in 1886, by a mining engineer who visited the tribe. They took him to the cave to prove the existence of these giants. However, nothing was found as a layer of Guano covered the surface. But in 1911, two miners named James Hart and David Pugh visited the cave and realised the value of Guano as you could make gunpowder with it. Because of its value, all 250 tonnes were removed from the cave entrance leading them to the fossils. The miners told Alfred Kroeber (an American cultural anthropologist) of the artefacts, and a dig was started in 1912. Two skeletons were found, one at 8.5 feet long and the other at 10 feet long, as well as 15″ sandals and a handprint far bigger than that of a normal sized man. The artefacts from the cave can now be viewed in the natural history museum in Winnemucca but no actual giants.
1. Great Orme Copper Mine
Near the coastal town of Llandudno in North Wales, there is an ancient copper mine. The mine rises 220 metres above the sea and dates back to the Bronze Age approximately 3500 years ago. Over 1700 tons of copper had been mined which is a staggering amount when all they had were basic tools such as hammers and pick axes, not the power tools we have available for modern use today. When investigating the mine, 2500 hammers have been recovered, but not hammers you might expect.
In this day and age the heaviest hammer weighs about 20 pounds, these hammers weighed a staggering 60 pounds and had handles up to lengths of 9 feet topped off with cement block sized heads. It would have taken a truly huge person or tremendously strong person to operate such a thing. Scientists, however, believe that the people wielding these tools would have had to stand 12-18 feet tall. This discovery makes a very convincing piece of evidence that supports the existence of giants.
Although some may believe that the existence of giants is truly ridiculous, many stand by the belief they can and did exist. There has been no other explanation for the tools and the skeletons that have been found. The evidence we have discussed here certainly makes you wonder whether, at one time in history, giants really did roam the earth.