UPDATE! Prehistoric Giants of France and Spain Part 2.0

In August of 2009 I located the original science paper on the Giant of Castelnau while perusing Google books, and posted quite a bit of data on the internet about it since then, emailing the report to Chris Parker of S8int.com, and to Steve Quayle, Terje Dahl, Michael Cremo, and Brad Steiger among others. I later created the Wikipedia entry on it,  successfully bringing this forgotten giant skeleton report, one of the best documented, out of 120 years of obscurity. The story of this amazing find continues to gain attention on the internet.

The giant of Castelnau offers some of the best documentation for human giants I have seen. After locating that report, I felt compelled to find other reports of giant human skeletons in France, and Spain, and I was successful.

One of the leads that I have been trying to follow up on are the skeletons of up to 9 giants found in the Cueva d’Anes near the 4,000 year old dolmens of Oren, located on a hill overlooking the town of Prullans in Catalonia, Spain. Spanish authors, Fernando Ledesma Rubio,  and Miguel G. Aracil write about these giants found in the Pyrenees mountains of Catalonia, and other locations in Spain in their books. These giants were said to be 3 meters tall (10 ft) and have correspondingly large skulls and femurs (70 to 90 cm femurs–or, 27-36 inch)! These giant skeletons from Catalonia dated to Bronze age and Neolithic dolmen cultures, from about the same era of the giant skeletal finds in southern France (I.E. Giant of Castelnau) 175 miles to the North East.

Dolmen of OrenDolmen of Oren, Prullans, Spain. Photo by Victor Gavalda, Dec. 2012.

Institut D'estalna - Institut d'Estudis Catalans Seccio Historico-Arqueologica Anuari 1921 - 1926 Vol. VII pg 48

The Dolmen of Oren, 6 feet wide x 12 feet long.
Institut destudis catalans seccio historico arqueologica anuari 1921-1926 vol vii pg 48.

UPDATE! FEB 16, 2014: Apparently the skull of the giant of Prullans has finally been located in the Archaeological Museum of Barcelona, and photographed by Josep Guijarro, a Spanish Journalist! This skull is absolutely monstrous in size!

Giant skull from Prullans. Photographed by Josep Guijarro, June 2013. Barcelona Anthropological Museum, Forensic Anthropology lab.

Giant skull from Prullans. Photographed by Josep Guijarro, June 2013. Barcelona Anthropological Museum, Forensic Anthropology lab.

Read Entire Article Here in Spanish, Gigantes de Prehistoria Por Josep Guijarro, Edición del 01/07/2013 – Akasico: http://www.akasico.com/noticia/3270/Enigmas-Historia-Ignorada/Gigantes-de-Prehistoria.html

Prullans Giant

I am in the process of contacting Josep Guijarro, Miguel Aracil, and Sebastia d’Arbo, all of these men are authors and researchers who may know of the actual whereabouts of this giant, photos, and perhaps information on other giant skeletons in the possession of the Barcelona Anthropological museum. I will update this blog when I hear of any new information!

UPDATE 2: Feb 24, 2014. I have just heard back from Miguel Aracil, and he suggested I read his new book about these strange discoveries, apparently the Archaeological Museum of Madrid also is purported to have the skeleton or bones of a giant.

True Giants in Neolithic France: A subject overlooked for 100 years.

In my years of amateur study, I have come across internet references to “Meganthropus” and “Gigantopithecus” 8 to 12 foot tall Pleistocene “Ape men”. But these giants  have only been based on jaw and teeth (For which I shall address in another post). The best way to calculate height if an entire skeleton is lacking, is from the bones of arm and legs! Fortunately, such bones have occasionally been documented.

In 1890, Prof. Georges Vacher Comte de Lapouge, the famous French Anthropologist and Theoretician, documented very large human limb bones from the Bronze age tumulus of Castelnau-le-Lez, near the old Roman Fort of Substantion, “Sextantio.”

More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_of_Castelnau

The giant of Castelnau, reported in the New York Times after rigorous independent analysis by a highly esteemed pathologist from Montpellier School of Medicine. Image of Bones, an engraving on pg. 12 of “La Nature” vol. 18, Issue. 888.  June of 1890.
Le Geant Fossile de Castelnau, La Nature Vol 18, 888 pg 11- 12 June 1890Le Geant Fossile de Castelnau, La Nature vol 18, 888 pg 11 - 12 June 1890
“La Nature” vol. 18, Issue. 888. Pg 11-12 June of 1890.
he Medical bulletin- a monthly journal of medicine and surgery - Volume 12 - Page 144, 1890.The Medical bulletin- a monthly journal of medicine and surgery – Volume 12 – Page 144, 1890.
Professor Georges Vacher de Lapouge. Well regarded anthropologist, respected by Madison Grant and even included in Topinard’s journals. His Atheistic, Darwinian, Socialist, Anti-Semitic, Eugenicist views make his discovery of giant bones all the more noteworthy.

His calculations indicated the Neolithic giant man was about 3.5 meters tall, and several hundred Kilograms weight; 11 feet 6 in., and 1,000 pounds!  The size of these bones were truly remarkable, as Lapouge writes in La Nature: “The first is the middle part of the shaft of a femur, 14 cm length, almost cylindrical in shape, and the circumference of the bone is 16 cm.” 16 Centimeters is about 80% thicker than a normal 5 ft 9 in tall man’s femur, which generally averages about 8.5 to 9 centimeters in circumference at the middle part of the shaft. If the giant’s femur were proportionate to its girth, its length would also be about 80% longer, or about 33 inches – 84 cm.

My Reconstruction: The femur of the giant of Castelnau, Right.
The femur of normal 5 ft 9 inch man, Left.

The bones of the Castelnau giant when compared to the bones of a normal skeleton of 5 ft 8 (1.73 m) inch man:

Illustration (I made): The Limb bones of the giant of Castelnau when placed in their proper positions give us the picture of a giant at least 3 meters tall (10 feet).
Castelnau Man
Another Illustration I made.
Castelnau 1
Castelnau 2my estimates Castelnau Giant 3 my estimates illustration
Above: My estimates of stature based on the dimensions given, and photo engraving.

The femur of a normal man generally represents 27 percent of his full stature. We may indeed add 1 to 2 inches to this when we factor in cartilage, and skin. The most accurate estimates of height are based on the femur. If the giant’s femur were 33 inches long, we are looking at a skeleton 10 ft 2 inches tall, not including a couple or more inches of flesh added to this. Taking into account all factors, the giant of Castelnau represents a likely human anomaly of 3 to 3.5 meters tall, between 10 and 11 feet.

In 1892, Dr. Paul Kiener of the University of Montpellier studied the bones and found them to be abnormal, but apparently of a “very tall race” (see NY Times). This opened up the question  of the giants of antiquity, but did not solve the problem of their origins.

But was he simply an anomaly? Prof. de Lapouge writes that in the same cemetery at Castelnau he found the base of a skull, lacking the os frontis, from a young man about 18 years of age. He says this skull exceeded all the skulls in dimensions, including the Polynesians. On pg. 11 of “La Nature” he estimated this boy to have been “well over 2 meters” tall — ( 2 meters is 6 ft 7 inches) Thus indicating a boy over seven feet tall. The skull had the morphological characteristics common to the dolmen people of Lozere (who were long headed Aryan types). Lapouge also mentions that several instances of giant bones were indeed reported from Lozere (100 miles North of Castelnau), but that they had been unconfirmed as if his writing.

Further discovery of large prehistoric bones in the year 1894 at Montpellier, France– 3 miles south of Castelnau– tends to re-open the question of the giants. This from the “Oelwein Register” November 8th, 1894:

Reports of giant bones at Montpellier tend to re-open the question of the Neolithic giants of southern France. Above: “Oelwein Register” November 8th, 1894.

The above News Report mentions skulls 28 to 32 inches in circumference, and bones belonging to men between 10 and 15 feet in height. Sent to the Acadmy in Paris (French Acadmy of Sciences). The illustration below gives us an idea of how large such skulls would be:

Illustration (I made to show scale): The skull of a normal man, 21 inches circumference. The skull of the Montpellier giant, 32 inches circumference. Such a giant may have had over 3 times the cranial capacity of a normal man. Something like 4,300 cc.

The close proximity of these reports indicates perhaps a tribal element of giant stature once occupied the Neolithic coast of South France. That is my on-going theory anyways. Other scattered press accounts indicate seven to ten foot skeletons were occasionally uncovered in other regions of France, and in the Pyrenees Mountains of Spain, near the Franco-Spanish border region:

The Miami News, Dec. 26, 1918.
Skeletons of Seven foot tall Neolithic giants.
Freeport Journal Standard, April 15, 1933.
Skeleton of Giant 8 feet 7 inches long.
The Evening Tribune, Aug. 16, 1935.

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The-milwaukee-journal-aug-4-1935-pg-20.
13 foot long Skeleton. Reims, France.
The Oswego Commercial Times, Aug. 8, 1851.
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Geraldton-Guardian-and-Express-Monday-April-28-1930-pg-3.
The-Leader-Post-Mar-22-1946-pg-4.
The-Leader-Post-Mar-22-1946-pg-4.

The Stanstead Journal - Jan 31, 1924 pg 4The Stanstead Journal – Jan 31, 1924 pg 4.

All of these reports, when viewed separately could be explained away by some as anomalies or press exaggerations and “tall tales.” However, when they are seen in retrospect, and in light of the scientific bone measurements from the Castelnau giant, they may indeed offer strong circumstantial corroboration to a true and physical reality, that some “giants” did indeed inhabit France in ancient and prehistoric times, and in rather substantial populations as opposed to an occasional individual here and there.

Miguel Gomez Aracil, Spanish Mystery writer has compiled accounts of large skeletons in Spain and the Pyrenees Mountains:

On the mainland, and particularly in the north, is where more traditional accounts are collected.

Giants atavistic, considered pagan by the Christian religion, far from disappearing have survived in folk tales and we have been presented as belonging to a gigantic race, and not as a singularity. In Catalonia “gegants els” are still present in many festivals and performances. Have been integrated into popular festivals to the point that all counties have their own and are part of the cultural and historical heritage.

Locate local folk tales linked to numerous giant megaliths, menhirs and dolmens. The megalithic monuments were built (according to folklore) by giant beings overnight. In Portugal, the dolmens are still called Antas (tomb of the giant or construction of the giant), perhaps in honor of the giant Antaeus.

In Euskera megalithic monuments are called Mairuen Baratza (orchard or garden giants of the Gentiles, the latter name with which they are known in the Basque Country). Therefore, the universal tradition designates the dolmens and tombs of the giants could pose more of a legend, if you stick to the archaeological evidence.

In principle, a controversial site in the remains of these features is the dolmen of Oren, in Prullans, Cerdanya (Catalan Pyrenees). In 1917, it seemed, were discovered, among other pieces, femurs of 70 to 92 cm long. While there is much confusion about the veracity of the finding, the researcher Fernando Ledesma in his book The Cerdanya, emerald Pyrenees Magic ensures that found seven skeletons of the human species in the dolmen I, of great importance.

The Dolmen of Oren I. Skeletons of giants were allegedly found here in 1915.

The writer and journalist Miguel G. Aracil actually extends nine skeletons were discovered at the time of the Man of Cro.Magnon (when the man of this period did not exceed, as determined by official science, the 165 cm high). These remains were guarded by the Casanovas family at the Tower of Prullans, former mansion of the Marquis of Monistrol. Later, some of these remains were handed over to the Archaeological Museum of Catalonia.

Unfortunately here you lose track of this material, because the museum does not recognize ever seeing them.

The fact is that arquelólogos and scholars have found relatively often daunting human bones in the Iberian Peninsula. In Garos (Pyrenees of Lleida), to reconstruct the apse of the church, the pastor Mossèn Jaqquet found the remains of a giant three meters high with an iron nail into the skull. In the reconstruction of another church, in Urbasa (mountain system between Alva and Navarre) were found human remains of cyclopean size.

Have also been found human skeletons of gigantic dimensions in Castile Medinaceli found near a skull and several bones in Leon, in the Visigothic church Marialba, skeletons of three-meter wingspan, and also in Cantabria, Girona (Besalú). … Practically all the remains are missing today, perhaps a few dozen scattered among collectors of memories.

But the crucial question is: why no scientist entertains collect and study all the data, remains and evidence available?

Clearly that would ruin many scientific theories. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/gigantes/esp_gigantes_1.htm

I have corresponded by email with Mr. Aracil. He mentions that a Dr. Campillo a forensic anthropologist, has studied the bones of the giant of Prullans and that these measurements are recorded in a book. I am attempting to verify this information. It is likely that this is Dr Domènec Campillo  of the Archaeological Museum of Catalonia, and Archaeological Museum of Barcelona. Mr. Aracil says the bones of the Prullans giant are kept at the Museum of Montjuic, Barcelona. Other bones of giants are said to be in the possession of the Archaeological Museum of Madrid. (See UPDATE at top of page)

Cro-Magnon Giants ?

It should also be mentioned that skeletons of very tall, 6 to 7 feet high robust Cro-Magnon men with femurs 21 and 22 inches long have been documented from the ancient Barma Grande cave, Grimaldi, Ventimiglia, Italy in 1892, and located on the Mediterranean, bordering Southern France.

Popular Science Nov 1895 - Apr 1896 pg 23Popular Science Nov 1895 - Apr 1896 pg 17Popular Science Nov 1895 – Apr 1896 pg 17 & 23.

1892-7-ft-giants-Mentone-Italy-Coast

The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 22 pg 291.

Barma-Grande-Femurs

The Men of the Barma-grande (Baoussé-Roussé) F. Abbo, 1900, pg 109-110.

Giants of Glozel, France.Also of interest is the controversial Neolithic site of Glozel, France first excavated in 1925. Several series of hand imprints in clay, and bone fragments of unusual dimensions have been noted.

Glozel HandsPhoto by Roger Elefant.

Hand imprints in clay were found in several burials, and range from 8 to 14 inches long! Most average  about 10 inches from mid finger to palm! I emailed the museum of Glozel back in October of 2011, and they confirmed that these clay hand imprints do “exceed” a normal hand size. A French Author, Roger Elefant has documented these hand prints in his book. If the hand imprints represent the actual size of those who made them, then they would certainly have been giants, perhaps 7 to 10 feet tall.

Glozel-handprints

Glozel-Giant-Bones

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11 Responses to UPDATE! Prehistoric Giants of France and Spain Part 2.0

  1. Shem Su Hor Nephilim says:

    hey bro what is the password as id like to see what you sent lol, plus you usually got some rare gems that offers a different angle on a very important yet neglected and lied about subject. im tending to think that france and spain might have remains of those 15-18 footers,a real important tip,and clue as to the longevity of this once ancient race.

    • rephaim23 says:

      Hey Ryan,

      Yeah I found some smoking gun stuff. Sorry I gotta keep it under wraps right now. It’s an investigation I’m undergoing. I’ll let you know when I’ll make this post public. Cheers!

  2. Correct history
    If we Googled for images of “all menhirs and dolmens in the world” we would be surprised that it’s not easy to find a place where menhirs, dolmens and other megalithic structures were not built. We would also be surprised in the same way by the fact that only in the Golan heights, 80.000 of these have been built. It could be stated that there are millions of megalithic structures around the globe. The fact that there is a very large number of various hypotheses trying to explain their purpose in various different ways only confirms that it has not yet been concluded why they have been built and what was the reason for building them and why people devoted so much work to build them. We can not be surprised by this fact as the explanation is not easy and there are many questions, each of which only leads to further question marks.
    Since dolmens have been built on all continents it shows that there could have been only one technically developed culture that has been under one central governing. Only under these conditions could the communication have been done across many places that are so fart apart and isolated that even todays generally used equipment has trouble connecting and communicating in such a way. Here, it is needed to change the direction of our technical thinking. This came to my mind based on the worlds of Albert Einstein: “Making errors and mistakes is a rightful, even inseparable part of the process, which leads to discoveries of new scientific results, especially those that are not in the centre of our scientific attention as these are now viewed as basic and accepted facts and true science. With time, these may be proved by scientific results to be a large error or approximation that directed science onto a wrong track”.
    During the 20th century, science has been trying to put many for us unsolvable archeological problems in context only with facts that are known to us and has been discrediting any ideas that were departing from any known science. This has however ended. If we are interested to know the historic true, it is necessary to come back to the past and go over the barriers of current knowledge. We come back to menhirs and dolmens with a totally new view. Could anyone in our present time logically think that millions of megalithic structures have been built for agricultural, ritual or astronomical purposes? If a technically developed culture had a control and could communicate across the whole world it must have had a more serious reason for building dolmens, which was respected by people. We can think about it more closely when we ask ourselves a question: “What is more important to us?. It can’t be doubt that it is human health for which almost everyone is willing to devote the work and time. If we search for connections between the megaliths and human health we come to the laws of nature that have not yet been sufficiently explored by us, but have not escaped the attention of ancient civilisations that have overtaken us in this sense.
    I have been trying to understand these problems and have been exploring them for tens of years. At http://www.miroslavprovod.com I describe my empiric research in detail, where I have been trying to come closer to the knowledge of ancient cultures.
    Miroslav Provod

    • rephaim23 says:

      Hi Miroslav,

      Thank you for the comments! I agree, I think it stems back to a global network, or civilization. The Golan heights, the region of Mount Hermon etc. I believe has a central theme in all of this.

  3. Richard Harmon says:

    Please keep me updated.

    • rephaim23 says:

      Thanks I will! I have a contact in Montpellier, France who may visit the anatomical museum there and see if he can find any records of the Castelnau bones. I will up-date this blog if I hear anything more on this on-going investigation.

  4. Erik Ringdal says:

    Very interesting. Other Mammals had giant forms not long ago geologically, why not man?
    Please document all you find as good as possible

  5. Terry Walsh says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this bog and hope you continue to add more.
    Can I just say I came to this blog after browsing for some information on Benidorm island or peacock island which is opposite the beach in the holiday resort of Benidorm.
    There’s a few tales of this island being the missing piece of a nearby mountain. One being that an angry giant had pulled out a piece of the mountain and through it into the sea !
    Four or five years ago, some friends and I were on a coach travelling to Benidorm. Just as we approached a few miles outside the town, the travel rep on the coach asked had any of us heard of the myths of how the rock got into the bay.
    After several of us put our hands up she went on to say ” you may be surprised to hear that recently geologists had measured both the gap in the mountain and the island and found that both measurements are exact ! ”
    Now I have tried to find any information on this but can’t get anywhere.
    I thought I’d share this with you as I love the subject of ancient Giants and why their existence is being hidden.

  6. Do the Montpellier giants belong to the Bell/Beaker culture and do they have Phoenician/Canaanite links or origens?

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