Archaeologists in Eastern China have revealed a graveyard holding 5000-year-old ‘giant’ skeletons relating to people who specialists say were probably part of an ancient Chinese basketball team…
Just kidding, but they did say that they would have been extraordinarily tall and strong for the time.
Measurements of bones located at the scene in Shandong region showed that the skeletons’ owners would have measured between 5’11” and 6’3″, which would have made them seem like giants to other people alive during the same time.
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The tallest skeleton ranked in at 6’3″ based on Xinhua news agency, which is still tall enough to dwarf the most of us today, but authorities believe that 5000 years ago the owner would have mounted above his contemporaries and possibly worn a size 14 Jordans and pulled off some sick turnaround jump shots on the court.
“This is just based on bone structure. If he was a living person, his height would certainly exceed 1.9m,” Fang Hui, head of Shandong University’s school of history and culture, reported to the agency.
Archaeologists have proposed that the large tombs may be suggestive of the fact they were seen as important, high-status people.
The average height for a man in the region currently is 5’9″, but back 5000 years ago it would have been very smaller. The average height for men over the whole country is still just 5’8″.