At more than two meters tall (215.5 cm) the skeleton of the woman buried close to a church on an island called Ostrów Lednicki in Poland is enormous
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered the skeleton of a medieval GIANTESS -- a woman seven foot two inches tall.
The mysterious 12th century remains were discovered buried close to a church on an island called Ostrów Lednicki in Poland.
At more than two meters tall (215.5cm) -- she also had one of the largest EVER skulls to be dug up.
A giant is classified as someone who has not just abnormally tall height but also greater girth.
The condition -- which was first diagnosed in the 19th century -- is usually first noticed in children and is caused by a non-cancerous tumor on the pituitary gland that creates too much growth hormone.
Researchers analyzing what’s left of the woman’s skeleton claim she lived a short life full of traumatic injuries and disease.
The giantess suffered with acromegaly -- a rare condition involving overproduction of growth hormone from the pituitary gland that makes the bones of the head particularly large.
Her spine also showed evidence of degenerative joint disease -- probably as a result of her immense height and body weight.
She also displayed evidence of a broken arm and leg at some point in her life -- possibly as a result of having weak bones.
And small nodes on her ribs suggest she suffered from the lung inflammation condition pleurisy.
The positioning of her burial in the cemetery is also curious.
While all other bodies’ heads were buried facing west -- hers faced east.
Both her arms were also bent rather than fully extended.
The skeleton is estimated to date from between the 12th-14th century.
It first discovered in 1977 -- but details have just been released in book called ‘New Developments in the Bioarchaeology of Care’.
In it author Magda Matczak writes: “The unusual burial orientation, disposal of the body without care, and lack of grave goods may indicate that this woman belonged to a lower social stratum.
“We know that it is hazardous to speculate about the emotional state of a past individual when we have only her bones to guide us.
“However, based on modern clinical findings we feel justified in suggesting that the woman with gigantism may have felt any one, or more, of the following at different times, or even concurrently: irritability, anxiety, emotional liability, uncertainty, confusion, sadness, and anger.”
Other strange finds at the cemetery also include a dwarf and a woman with leprosy. Mirror.uk