Medieval Giantess Found
The controversial role of giants in history remains for many a fascinating theme in both myth and history. The recent discovery of a seven-foot-two-inch female skeleton in a medieval Polish church cemetery is causing a stir.
While males of that height are rare, they can still be found (check with the NBA), but a female that large is exceedingly rare. Now a paper for the journal New Developments in the Bioarchaeology of Care tells of the find in Ostrów Lednicki, an island in Lake Lednica between Gniezno and Poznan in Poland. Believed to be a victim of gigantism resulting from excessive growth hormones in the pituitary gland, the thirteenth century body was unusual in ways other than size. While most of the skeletons in the cemetery were buried with heads pointing west, the 20- to 30-year-old giantess was buried facing east toward the rising sun, suggesting that she may have been considered magical in some way. Well cared for and apparently not feared or rejected, she was accepted by her people, which is why the journal cites her case as an example for caregivers in our time.
For more on the suppressed evidence of giants in the history see: “Giant Predecessors in America” by Dr. Gregory Little, in AR #108 (November/December 2014).
Nazi Polar Base Located
The Nazis of World War II get credit—on the Internet and elsewhere—for much advanced secret technology, from flying disks, to atomic bombs; and for, yet undiscovered, secret bases beneath the ice in Antarctica, where, it is said, surviving stormtroopers plotted to reverse the Nazi defeat. Now comes news that a previously lost Nazi base has been found in polar waters. The trouble for Nazi conspiricists is that it’s the wrong pole!
In August 2016, a Russian scientist discovered a Nazi weather station of WWII vintage. Just 620 miles from the North Pole, the base is on the 410-square-mile island of Alexandra Land, one of the Franz Josef Land Islands. Curiously, the Germans called it Schatzgräber, which means ‘Treasure Hunter.’ No one has been able to determine just what might have inspired the name.
Official accounts say supplies were airdropped to soldiers there in 1944, but when the war went south, they were forced to eat raw polar bear, were infected by trichinosis, and were forced to evacuate by U-boat. Today the island is a large junkyard of rusting Nazi artifacts, including shell casings recently exposed by melting ice but, so far, no sign of exotic secret weapons or, in fact, treasure.
New York Times Discovers the Brazilian ‘Stonehenge’
Ten years ago, Atlantis Rising (#59, September/October, 2006), told you about the discovery of a ‘Brazilian Stonehenge.’ We reported that, over a hundred giant stone blocks driven into the ground—upright and evenly spaced, each weighing several tons and up to 10 feet tall—on a remote hilltop in the province of Amapá appeared to have been carefully arranged so as to imply advanced knowledge of astronomy well before the arrival of European colonizers. “At this point,” we reported, “researchers are willing to concede that the layout appears intended, at a minimum, to mark the winter solstice. Further conclusions await more complete analysis. All this found in an area and at a time declared by orthodox science to be strictly primitive. No one knows how old the site is, but indigenous pottery found nearby has been dated to at least 2,000 years ago. Mariana Petry Cabral, of Amapá’s Institute of Scientific and Technological Research and the project’s chief archaeologist, says the monument has been known to the local population for years.”
Now, it appears, the New York Times has deigned to join the debate. “A Stonehenge and a Mystery in the Amazon” headlined the December 14, 2016 story. “We’re starting to piece together the puzzle of the Amazon Basin’s human history,” said the Times, “and what we’re finding in Amapá is absolutely fascinating,” said Mariana Cabral, an archaeologist at the Federal University of Minas Gerais who, together with her husband, João Saldanha, also an archaeologist, has studied the Rego Grande site for the last decade.”
Alternative researchers, such at Harold T. Wilkins, have long claimed that the Amazon region was home to an advanced, ancient civilization. Legends like that of El Dorado have led many to dream of fabulous temples and hoards of gold in the South American jungles. In southern Brazil, celebrated British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett disappeared in the 1920s while searching for what he believed was a lost jungle metropolis. Tangible evidence for the existence of such a spot has never materialized, though, and the general idea of a once-advanced civilization in the dense rainforests of the Amazon basin has always been ridiculed by mainstream academia.
Once again, though, it is clear that there is yet more to be found in the hidden corners of this world than is dreamed of in the philosophy of the New York Times or the archaeological establishment.
CAPTION: Strange standing stones of the Amapa ‘Stonehenge’ (Photos by Greg A. Staub).