Thursday, October 07, 2021

Fossil giants?!

BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: On the Shoulders of Giants. How the ancients understood prehistoric fossils (Jennifer Drummond).
In this rich world of stories and folklore, it was only natural for people to look for evidence of giants in the world around them. In their article “Encounters with Fossil Giants” in the Fall 2021 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Steven Fine and Elisha Fine discuss examples from ancient history where individuals found what they thought were the bones of giants. Locals would often discover unusually large fossils and present them to visitors as the remains of famous or mythical giants.
Most of the article is behind the subscription wall.

For a thematically related post, see here. Many years ago I commented here on Josephus' giant bones. For some modern giant-skeleton hoaxes, see here.

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