The Glastonbury Giant
The following article is an extract from The Myth Of Man by J.P. Robinson.
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 rumours 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.’
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 old oak tree. Inside they discovered the skeletal remains of a man who had once measured close to nine feet tall, laid next to the skeleton of an average-sized woman, assumed at that time to be Arthur’s Queen, Guinevere.
Image: An Anglo-Saxon oak coffin dating back around 1,300 years discovered on a cemetery site called Great Ryburgh in Norfolk, eastern England. The Glastonbury Giant remains are likely from a similar time period.