THE SKELETON of a “giant” has been uncovered along with an ancient treasure haul dating back nearly 2,500 years. Scientists excavating a historic site in Iran uncovered a motherland of ancient artifacts along with the remains of a very tall man. The treasures have been hailed for their historical significance as the objects date back to more than 550 BC.
Meanwhile, the “giant” Is believed to have lived between 224 and 651 AD during the Sasanian Empire. The skeleton – believed to be an elderly man – was uncovered in a tomb covered with a stone slab. The man is thought to have been more than two metres tall (9.85 feet), so would have been considered a “giant” in his time. Studies of human remains suggest the average height of people living around 500AD would have only been around 160cms.
Chief archeologist Ata Hasanpour said: “”In the course of recent excavation in the Chia Sabz area of Lorestan province, we found objects dating back to the Achaemenid Empire (550BC).” He added: “In the north of the Chia Sabz area we found the grave of an elderly man. “It consists of four clay walls, covered with a large stone slab.”
Treasures uncovered included ornaments, coins, ceramic bowls, plates and painted vessels. The dig has also uncovered two columns believed to be part of an ancient ceremonial hall.