Ancient Aliens – Giants of the Mediterranean: Ancient cultures recorded stories of enormous beings that descended from the sky; exploring if massive megalithic structures and reported discoveries of towering human-like skeletons reveal that the world was once inhabited by giants.
Ancient Aliens is an American television series that premiered on April 20, 2010, on the History channel. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment in a documentary style, the program presents hypotheses of ancient astronauts and proposes that historical texts, archaeology, and legends contain evidence of past human-extraterrestrial contact. The show has been widely criticized by historians, cosmologists, archaeologists and other scientific circles for presenting and promoting pseudoscience, pseudohistory and pseudoarcheology.
Ancient Aliens – Giants of the Mediterranean
More than two hundred years ago, the naturalist Georges Cuvier published his Memoir Upon Living and Fossil Elephants in which he correctly explained that the skeletons reported around the Mediterranean region as those of a lost race of giants had, in fact, belonged to fossilized elephants. Nearly a century earlier, Sir Hans Sloane had drawn the same conclusion in a paper read before the Royal Society. In 1835, Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville examined the skeleton of the famed giant Teutobochus and discovered that it belonged to a mastodon, a truth that confirmed an assessment by Jean Riolan the Younger a century before.
Hell, in 1827 Edmond Temple even watched a “giant” being excavated in Bolivia in the presence of men of science, and he gawked in wonder as they completely refused to believe it an Ice Age elephant, despite having tusks. I could list dozens of similar accounts and analyses. In fact, I have. The truth about “giants” has been known for centuries, but here we are watching Ancient Aliens party like it’s 1699.
The first segment discusses the Greek myth of the Gigantomachy and then lists other stories of giants from around the world with clips from previous episodes. Giorgio Tsoukalos says there is a “great concentration” of stories of giants in the Mediterranean, so real giants must have lived there. Those stories are most prominent because those are the cultures whose written records survive best. It doesn’t make them real.