In South Korea, archaeologists during the inspection of 1,500-year-old tombs Silla Kingdom discovered the remains of a man who far surpassed the height of his contemporaries.
SBS News reported about the discovery, citing data from the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation. The skeleton of a man who was described by archaeologists as a giant of his time was found in a tomb from the Silla Kingdom period in Gyeongju City. Archaeologists estimate that the tomb was built about 1,500 years ago.
It was one of four ancient tombs found during excavations in the ruins of the ancient city of Tap-dong. The skeleton that interested scientists belonged to a man who was 180 cm tall. It is reported to be the tallest man of the Three Kingdoms era ever found by archaeologists on the Korean Peninsula.
“The average height of men found in the tombs of the Three Kingdoms period (as the early feudal states of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla, which existed from the first century B.C. to the seventh century A.D.) is about 165 cm,” the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation commented on the find. – An interesting fact is that the body looked as if it had been placed in a coffin. The face of this person was not turned to the sky.”
The remains of the coffin could not be found. Perhaps it was made of wood and has simply decayed over the past thousand and a half years. Scientists have also noticed that the body was placed in an uncomfortable and unusual position. Analysis of the remains showed that the giant’s spine was deformed. He probably had a herniated spinal disc.
In this regard, the research team suggested that the shift of the spinal disc could be the result of great physical stress experienced by the giant in life.
In the tombs were found a large number of funerary paraphernalia, mainly pottery. But metal objects were also found, including, presumably, blades of hoe and other farm implements. By the way, no weapons were found in the burial.
Scientists plan to use the skull of a giant for the reconstruction of his appearance. In addition, will attempt to extract DNA from the bones. This will allow to study the genome of the giant and to determine the place of his birth. Also, scientists want to compare its genes with the genes of modern humans.
By the way, the ruins of the city of Tap-dong lie at the foot of Dodansan Mountain, adjacent to Namsan in Gyeongju. A total of about 180 tombs from the Silla period have been excavated here. It is believed that most of them belonged to noblemen of the middle and lower classes.