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Skeleton of ‘Medieval Giantess’ unearthed in Poland


The Polish island of Ostrow Lednicki is the location of the latest archaeological discovery. A skeleton was excavated by experts.

Bones belonging to a Giantess measuring around of 7’2″were discovered buried in a medieval cemetery of an island church. Experts concluded that the skull found in the cemetery is one of the largest ever discovered.

Experts concluded that prior to the nineteenth century, ‘Gigantism’ was not something many people were acquainted with, which makes this discovery very intriguing.

An analysis of the archaeological finding revealed that the woman had a short life, full of diseases and suffered several traumatic injuries throughout her existence. Evidence of degenerative joint disease was found in his vertebral column, probably due to his immense height and body weight.

According to experts, the woman who lived during the middle ages was of above average proportions because of Acromegaly, a rare disease that causes overproduction of the growth hormone (GH) by the pituitary gland.

Scientists estimate that the skeleton dates back to a period between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. Although the giant skeleton was discovered in 1977, the details of the find have only been published recently, the Daily Mirror reported.

As noted in New Developments in the Bioarchaeology of Care:

The woman’s remains did not receive an ordinary burial, which indicates she was perceived as ‘different’ in death, whatever her social status in life.

The body of the giantess was placed in a very unusual way and apparently without attention to detail: very different to the typical disposition of the dead, which was supine, with arms and hands extended along the body or hands placed on the pelvis. Indeed, the unusual burial orientation, disposal of the body without care, and lack of grave goods may indicate that this giantess belonged to a lower social stratum. During her lifetime, as well, she may have been subject to different treatment by her community due to her physical abnormalities and/or possible psychological or cognitive problems.

However, her survival to middle adulthood, together with the evidence indicating she likely received health/related care –minimally nursing during bouts of respiratory disease and recovery from fracture—suggests that she was not rejected by her society.

Author Magda Matczak concludes that: “We know that it is hazardous to speculate about the emotional state of a past individual when we have only her bones to guide us.

“However, based on modern clinical findings we feel justified in suggesting that the woman with gigantism may have felt any one, or more, of the following at different times, or even concurrently: irritability, anxiety, emotional liability, uncertainty, confusion, sadness, and anger.”


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