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.
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!
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
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.”
- 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.
- “La Nature” vol. 18, Issue. 888. Pg 11-12 June of 1890.
- The Medical bulletin- a monthly journal of medicine and surgery – Volume 12 – Page 144, 1890.
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.
The bones of the Castelnau giant when compared to the bones of a normal skeleton of 5 ft 8 (1.73 m) inch man:
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:
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:
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:
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 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.
The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 22 pg 291.
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.
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.