There Were Giants In Those Days, Also After: Who Was The ‘Glastonbury Giant’?

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Glastonbury Tor. Source: vlorzor / Adobe. Inset: Representational image of a skeleton.

When researching the reality of giants in the past, one story which has survived the ages is the apparent discovery of the ‘Glastonbury Giant’ which was allegedly unearthed in 1190, on orders of King Henry II , following rumors that the legendary King Arthur was in fact buried at that specific location. Here, between two ancient pyramid-shaped pillars at Glastonbury in Somerset, England, workers dug down to a depth of seven feet where they found a leaden cross with the inscription:

HIC JACET SEPULTUS INCLYTUS REX ARTURUS IN INSULA AVALLONI
This translates as “Here lies buried the renowned King Arthur in the Isle of Avalon.”

Glastonbury Cross. (Kiyoweap / Public Domain)

Glastonbury Cross. (Kiyoweap / Public Domain )

This discovery inspired the excavators to dig even further in the hope of finding solid proof of the legend’s existence and at sixteen feet deep they finally struck a large coffin hollowed out from the trunk of an…

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