At least two notable gigantic skeletons of Saxon men, towering 7 ft, to 7 feet 4 inches tall have been documented from 6th and 7th century A.D. Saxon graves in the 20th century at two independent sites in Northern, and Eastern Britain.
First is the “Burgh Castle giant.” On Display in the Royal Ontario Museum in 2012 (Apparently no longer on display as of Oct. 2013). Acquired in 1967 – 68, this skeleton was found near a Roman Fort in a 7th century Saxon Castle in Norfolk, England.The height of the man was approximately 7 feet 4 inches (2 m, 23 ) and his age was around 40 years at death.
Skull of the Burgh Castle Giant.
Skeleton of the “Burgh Castle Giant” being prepared for shipment. Read Full Story, “One Giant Leap – Oct. 4, 2012” from the Ontario Science Centre: http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/ScienceNow/InsideOut/
The Burgh Castle Giant was not a pathological case of pituitary Gigantism in the opinion of a Dr. Rideout, but was a healthy, strong, and long lived individual for his era. His bones showed uniform growth, were very strong, and his skull showed no signs of pathology. See paper below, “The Burgh Castle Giant” – The Ontario Archaeological Society – Arch Notes. April – May 1977 page 37:
The second find of Saxon giantism is evidenced from the year 1994 near Castle Garth, when the bones of a man 7 feet tall, and a woman over 6 feet tall were found in a 6th century Saxon cemetery. Evidently a population of “Saxon giants” once lived in the area.
From the “The Independent / London / By Robert Mendick – March 12, 2000.”
“Archaeologist Demands Respect for Giants’ Bones
Bones pointing to the existence of a community of “Saxon giants” in north Yorkshire go on display next month despite a protest from the archaeologist who found them.
The part-skeletons are an extraordinary find. Dug up from a sixth-century Saxon cemetery discovered beneath the ruins of Thirsk Castle, they indicate a seven-foot-tall man and a woman more than six feet in height. A number of children were also buried there.
“These bones could explain why there are quite a number of hefty Yorkshiremen about,” said Cooper Harding, curator at Thirsk Museum, where the remains will be displayed.
“You can imagine the terror of the native Celtic farmers, who were quite short, when confronted by these giants.”
But Leslie Webster, a curator at the British Museum, specialising in the early Anglo-Saxon period, said last night: “Saxons were not particularly tall. These bones are certainly not normal. It would not be a normal height for any period of British history.”
The cemetery was discovered by archaeologist Anne Finney five years ago by pure chance during a routine dig among the castle ramparts. But the artefacts have been kept hidden from the public, stored in vaults and seen only by academics. Ms Finney, who runs a firm called Map Archaeological Consultancy, handed them over to the Yorkshire Archaeological Trust.
Thirsk Museum lobbied intensely for the bones and items of jewellery – including a stunning bronze cruciform brooch and early Saxon pottery – to be handed over and put on public display. It finally won after a five-year battle.
But Ms Finney is unhappy with the museum’s plans. “It was a very good find. But the bones should not be on display. You should treat human remains with reverence.”
Mr Harding said: “Our display will be restrained and thoughtful. But as you can see, it is the bones which capture the interest of the public.”
The bones of the the 7- foot tall “Saxon Giant” on display at the Thirsk Museum: http://www.homefrontthirsk.org.uk/museum/giant.htm
There are many other historical reports of exceptionally large and gigantic sized skeletons found in Medieval, Ancient, and Pre-Historic grave sites throughout Britain, and tales of Giants feature prominently in British lore. See Steve Quayle’s great website: http://www.genesis6giants.com/index.php?s=364
The classical account of the Battle of Stamford Bridge in the year 1066 features a prominent story wherein a Norse Viking Giant alone, in single combat, and heroic fashion held back the entire Anglo-Saxon army from crossing the bridge, and slew forty men in the process. Finally, an intrepid Anglo-Saxon soldier, floating under the bridge by boat, thrust his spear point up the unsuspecting Giant’s rear, toppling him on the spot! Harold Hardrada, the Norse King, also killed in that same battle, was said to have been “five Ells” (7 feet) in height according to the chronicler Snorri Sturluson.