The Mystery of the “Glastonbury Giant”

When researching the reality of giants in the past, one story that has survived the centuries is the discovery of the “Glastonbury Giant,” which was discovered in 1190 after excavations were ordered by King Henry II, after rumors surfaced that the legendary King Arthur was in fact buried in this particular location.

Here, between two ancient pyramid-shaped pillars at Glastonbury in Somerset, England, workers excavated the ground to a depth of 2 meters, where they found a lead cross with an inscription:

This find inspired the diggers to dig even further in hopes of finding hard evidence to support the legend, and at a depth of 5 meters they finally stumbled upon a large coffin hollowed out of the trunk of an old oak tree.

Inside, they found the skeletal remains of a man who was once 2 meters 74 centimeters tall, next to the skeleton of a woman of medium height, who at the time was believed to be Guinevere, Queen Arthur.

Skeletons between 2.5 and 3 meters tall have been found all over the world, in particular, many such giants have been found in the United States.

Glastonbury’s connection to King Arthur

It is believed that the remains of the giant and his wife were reburied in the church about a century later, right in front of the altar and in the presence of King Edward I. It was from this time that the long association of Glastonbury with Arthurian legends was cemented in history.

Many scholars believe that the remains were most likely of Celtic origin, as the coffins hollowed out of the oak trunk were used by the Celts.

The reality of the giant’s discovery is not disputed by science

The official science argues about whether the remains of the giant belong to King Arthur or not, but the fact of finding a giant skeleton is not disputed, because the respected historian Giraldus Cambrensis personally examined the huge bones in 1194 and recognized them as authentic.

And hundreds of years later, in 1962-63, archaeologist Dr. Ralegh Radford examined the remains of an ancient giant after additional excavations at the site and “confirmed that a man of gigantic stature was indeed buried here in the period indicated.”

So, whether the bones belonged to the legendary King Arthur or not, the skeletal remains of a man 2 meters 74 centimeters tall were discovered at Glastonbury almost 1000 years ago, which brings us back to the question that the existence of giants in the past is not a myth at all.

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