Fenton has previously claimed, among other things, that the Maya were hybrid descendants of beings from the Pleiades whose blood had hallucinogenic properties. I criticized Fenton’s work almost a year ago, but apparently the Science Channel considers him a serious researcher and expert.
Fenton seems rather content to tailor his analysis to meet the expectations of his audience when it comes to Bible giants. On the Earth 4 All website Fenton explains that “we were perhaps walking ground once trod by the fantastical beings known as the Nephilim!” But in writing for The Rundown Live ten days later, Fenton says that “I tend to shy away from the subject of the biblical Nephilim” and therefore would not identify either site with Bible giants.
Because Fenton has made fantastical claims in the past that have no physical, historical, or textual evidence to support them, it is difficult to evaluate how much credence to give his claims about giants in the Republic of Georgia.
As it happens, I am rather familiar with Georgian giant mythology because I included a discussion of it in my book Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages (McFarland, 2014). Georgia is the current name for the ancient land of Colchis, where the Argonauts sailed in most versions of the Greek myth. The thing to know about Georgian mythology is that the extant sources date only from the Middle Ages and cannot be securely used to reconstruct prehistoric mythologies. They are Christianized, first of all, but also have influences from other sources, including from Armenia and from Greek mythology. The underlying structure of Georgian myths is Indo-European, but the specific stories can’t be traced back before Late Antiquity.
Now, with that said, there is actually some evidence that there were giants in Georgian myth at least in the 700s or 600s BCE. The Greeks who arrived on the shores of Colchis assigned the bondage of Prometheus to the mountains of the Caucasus. Medieval Georgian myth states that the giant Amirani was similarly chained to a mountain in the Caucasus as divine punishment for revealing arts and sciences to humanity. (It’s probably a primeval Indo-European myth.) In some areas of Colchis where the Greeks colonized, the Prometheus and Amirani myths became conflated (and remain so today), while in other areas they remained distinct. The fact that the Greeks reassigned Prometheus to the Caucasus suggests that they were attempting to identify him with Amirani during the age of Black Sea exploration, thus indicating that a myth of a giant culture hero existed in Georgia at the time. However, not all scholars agree, and some have argued that Greek mythology simply influenced Georgia directly, with the Titans influencing the conception of ancient heroes as giants. The exact references are in my book.
The Georgians themselves claim that the Amirani myth dates back to 3000 BCE, but this is speculation in line with the country’s radial claims for extreme antiquity for their language and culture, which I have discussed before. A huge problem with any claims coming out of Georgia in terms of archaeology, linguistics, and ancient history is that Georgian claims and conclusions vary, sometimes dramatically, from those of Western scholars, and always in favor of Georgian nationalism.
It is perhaps a bit surprising that Fenton doesn’t mention Amirani, the most famous Georgian giant, in discussing what he claims to have found. Well, found may be a stretch. Fenton reports that farmers exploring Borjormi-Kharagauli National Park discovered a crypt in which two giant skeletons were seated in chairs (!) across from each other at a table (!!). Fenton was attempting to locate the remains of this tomb, which supposedly (and conveniently) collapsed in 2008. He says that a group of unidentified researchers found the remains of 8-foot-tall skeletons in the wreckage. This appears to be a reference to claims made about the work of the late Georgian paleontologist Abesalom Vekua (1925-2014), who studied the Dmanisi hominids. In 2011 Russian television alleged that he had found gigantic bones, that these giants were 8 or 9 feet tall, and that they lived 25,000 years ago. According to the Russian report, he cautioned that “evidence supporting this hypothesis”—that the bones belonged to a global race of giants rather than a specific and isolated genetic population with above average height—“does not exist.” Unfortunately, the Russian report was not corroborated, and it seems likely (see the comments section below) that the report distorted or fabricated its claims.
If you Google the discovery, you will quickly see that it was immediately adopted as “evidence” for a global race of red-haired Aryan giants, which supposedly included the ancestors of Jesus.
Fenton, in exploring this story, came across the ruins of a megalithic structure, one of many that stud the ancient land of Colchis and Caucasian Iberia. Unaware of the Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age cultures of the region, he wonders “who could have moved such a massive quantity of material in such an inaccessible area and had the engineering skill to construct kilometers of road.” It’s your standard fringe history argument. Fenton claims that within a solar temple dating back to the early centuries CE there are the remains of a giant humanoid, but he doesn’t provide evidence, saying only that the Science Channel “most likely” will say something about this.
He then describes another fortress, which he claims is constructed of an unusual concrete created from melted human bones.
The extremely hard concrete was made of just two ingredients, with no sign of additional mortar. There was a type of very hard stone, the pieces being just a few inches or so in size, and then bone, in my view human bone. The bone seemed to make up about 25% of the mixture. This was horrible and disturbing but not in itself fantastical.
The real discovery was that the bone seemed to have been melted and then hardened again, the bone was itself the mortar for the stone. In some places it went at impossible right angles with no sign of breaking or shattering. Somehow the bone had been softened and then compressed with the stone pieces and then hardened again. There is no known technology that can achieve this.
Fenton says that this bone-built fortress “has been hinted at in Georgian myth and legends under the name of ‘the bone castle’.” I’ve read enough Georgian mythology that I should have come across the concept, but I’ll be darned if I can find anything about it. It must not be a very widespread or well-known legend.
I guess we’ll have to wait for The Unexplained Files to tell us, but I wouldn’t hold my breath about them solving these mysteries.