Ancient aliens, ancient giants….there are countless theories attempting to explain history’s mysteries, but now a team of archaeologists in China claim to have found the tombs of “unusually tall and strong” people.
Believed to be 5,000 years, the site is located in Jiaojia village in the country’s Shandong province.
Some of the skeletal remains belonged to ancient people who measured over 6 feet tall—a unusual height for that time period, given evolutionary history.
Other skeletons measured as low as 5 feet, 11 inches, still considered unusual for what is believed to be the Neolithic era.
The excavation began in 2016 and spanned 104 homes, 205 graves, and 20 sacrificial pits.
According to Fang Hui of the Shandong University school of history and culture, “Already agricultural at that time, people had diverse and rich food resources and thus their physique changed.”
Larger tombs were reserved for taller men, whom researchers believe were considered of higher status at the time.
Accessibility to food is deemed a key condition that allowed their height to increase so drastically.
Interestingly, the Shandong region is known for having the tallest natives in all of China.
Statistics show that the Shandong locals’ average height is 5.75 feet as opposed to the country’s average of 5.64 feet.
A great deal must still be excavated and analyzed to reach further conclusions, and according to the deputy head of the Shandong provincial bureau of cultural heritage, “Further study and excavation of the site is of great value to our understanding of the origin of culture in east China.”