This one was sent by Mr. V.T., and it's one I simply have to blog about, because...well, you'll see. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words:
Now, assuming for a moment that these pictures are genuine and not photoshopped, then we're left with a problem. Or rather, several problems.
The first is, obvious, as the article points out, that sixty pound sledge hammers would be difficult for average humans to wield:
"A 60-pound sledge hammer would look like this and be impossible for us to wield. Yet, such a hammer (64 pounds) was found in Great Orme Mines in Wales. It is extrapolated that such a being would need to be 12-15 feet tall to wield that safely and efficiently."
Readers of my books will recall that in Genes, Giants, Monsters, and Men, I delved a great deal into the various legends from around the world about human tribal memories of the "Gigantomachy", the wars of humans with humanoid giants. Most academic approaches, which I attempted to review in that book, stress that what the ancients were doing were simply finding the bones of large dinosaurs and extrapolating from them that they belonged to the giants of their lore and traditions. As I pointed out there, however, this requires a certain assumption that the ancients were simply incapable of distinguishing between the bones of dead animals from those of dead "large humanoids."
But tools such as this are quite another matter. As are ancient "Minoan" and "Cretan" battle axes. Then we have "the Finland Swords Problem", and again, I am assuming these pictures are not photoshopped and that the implied scale of objects depicted (a "normal" sized Viking sword is really normal sized, and the compared sword is therefore extraordinarily large, as the article avers):
"These swords above were found in Finland by some metal detecting enthusiasts, along with a body that was fairly well preserved. He was buried with a Viking era sword (the small one) and this enormous sword of unknown origin...."
The article draws this conclusion, however:
"Conclusion"It would appear that ancient man was either very ambitious in the design of some of his implements which would not be ergonomically feasible, or these gigantic implements were not made by Homo sapiens. Considering the amount of work that went into making these implements, frivolous reasons seem to be low on the list."(Emphasis added)
"A pyramidal structure found in the Ecuadorian jungle revealed some interesting finds such as this -
"Source: Scattered around the area were a great many artefacts of stone and of pottery (seemingly now all stolen in recent months). Many of these objects appeared to be stone tools that could have been used either in mining or refining some kind of metal ore. Amongst these tools are some that would be extremely difficult for a normal size human being to use in any practical fashion, this has led to a strong suspicion that this is one of the legendary lost cities of the giants, well known in local Ecuadorian legends about the Amazonian area, such places generate great fear among the members of today’s jungle tribes as they are believed to be protected either by spirit guardians or by beings not of this world." (Boldface emphasis added)
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