Ecuadorian myths speak of ancient cities of giants hiding in the Amazon jungle, left behind by their “unusual” inhabitants and slowly being reclaimed by nature. In fact, the majority of tribes from the Amazonian basin recall stories of a timeworn race of gigantic humans that constructed prosperous settlements long before regular-sized humans reached the area.
Led by the local beliefs of mythical beings, a team of researchers travelled to a remote place in the rain forest of Ecuador to see with their own eyes whether the stories were true. The Aboriginals led the crew to a place they called holy, where the local tribes gathered to celebrate the powerful spirits believed to inhabit the site.
It looks like a paved wall, an ancient street or plaza with a 60 degrees angle, perhaps the roof of a large structure, said French-American archaeologist Benoit Duverneuil. Many of the stones were perfectly aligned, have sharp edges and seem to have been sculpted by human hands.
Most of the structure’s body was covered by lichen, but the remaining visible stones revealed a thick and seemingly impenetrable material that bound the boulders together. Could this represent one of the first examples of concrete being used in America? And how were the Amazonian giants able to create such a complex material in those ancient times?
But probably the most fascinating discovery comes in the form of manufactured tools. Oversized and old, they blended with the forest floor. What they served for is unclear, but the researchers consider they were utilized in metalworking. However, one thing remains clear – their size would have made it impossible for a modern-day human to wield such a tool or weapon.
Bruce Fentom, writer, researcher and member of the team that found this presumed city of giants, believes the uncovered tools present the ultimate proof of giant humans that inhabited Earth.
What really strongly points towards this habitation having housed the same race of giants if the presence of extremely oversized hammers, or at least the stone hammerheads, he said.
Assuming there were attached to hard wood handles they would be both incredible size and weight, making their use as tools impractical for a typical Inca or indigenous Indian, these beings were generally around five feet or so.”