Archeologists Discover The Ancient Bones Of Biblical Giants-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:


This is a forwarded email with photos that shows the bones of giants being examined by archeologists.   The email says that these are the ancient bones of giants that were mentioned in the Old Testament.

The Truth:

The photos are computer manipulated contest entries by a digital artist called IronKite.  The pictures were taken from a web site that hosts photo contest submissions called Worth1000, according to a December 14, 2007 National Geographic article.  Click for article.

The article said IronKite’s photos came in third place in the 2002 “Archaeological Anomalies 2” competition.

updated 03/12/10

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Version 1:

This is my first time seeing this even hearing about it. A long time friend of mine sent it today. The best I can tell is that it is the area of the Greek Hellenistic influence around the time when Alexander The Great died in 323 BC. When David slew Goliath of Gath, he was reported to be a Philistine. The Bible isn’t detailed except to say Goliath had 4 kinsmen and maybe these are some of his kinsmen or countrymen as mentioned, rather than just a big Philistines.

giants from the days of the bible…

Version 2:

I thought this was really cool, how scientist keep finding proof of biblical stories!

Remember the old testament story of how the Israelites were afraid because of the GIANTS in the land of Canaan .

Numbers 13:33 There we saw the GIANTS (the descendants of Anak came from the GIANTS); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”