Archaeologists from the Korea Foundation for Cultural Property (South Korea) have excavated a necropolis from the Silla Kingdom (57 BC - 935 AD). During the work, they found the remains of an unusually tall man, according to SBS News.
The "giant" lived about 1500 years ago. The condition of the skeleton showed that during his lifetime his height reached 180 cm.This is very unusual, since the average height of men of that era did not exceed 165 cm.
Scientists also drew attention to the atypical posture of a person. He looked as if he had been shoved into a coffin that did not fit in size: his face was not turned to the sky, his feet were twisted at an unnatural angle.
The spine of the "giant" bore obvious signs of deformation. Modern experts have come to the conclusion that the man suffered from a herniated disc: probably from constant physical exertion.
In the burial, not a single artifact has survived that would indicate the giant's occupation. Several clay shards lay next to the skeleton, and next to the head was a metal stick, most likely part of a hoe. No weapons were found, although it can be assumed that a person with such physical characteristics would become a warrior.
Scientists plan to continue research, in particular, to extract DNA and compare it with the DNA of the inhabitants of modern South Korea. The condition of the bones can also indicate the conditions in which the person lived and what food they ate.
The Kingdom of Silla is the predecessor of the state of Kore, which existed on the territory of the Korean Peninsula in 935-1392.