Review: Search for the Lost Giants

Unraveling the Mystery: Jim Vieira sets out to find evidence of the existence of an ancient race of giants in the debut episode of Search for the Lost Giants.
Search for the Lost Giants on History channel

Despite the recent ridicule of researchers such as Jim Vieira and the idea in general, the theory that giant humans once roamed the earth has been around for a very long time. I am interested in the subject not because I believe it is scientific fact, but because it is an intriguing story.

I’ve been formulating wild fiction in my head for years around ancient astronauts, giant mound builders, and the cosmic origins of consciousness and life on Earth. By nature, however, I tend to be a skeptic of everything. Beliefs held as scientific fact by our ancestors are now regarded as nothing more than hokey superstition today. The reality is that science is little more than a record of what we think we know right now.

From that perspective, even fact becomes relative.

Whether giant human skeletons were being unearthed around the turn of the century and subsequently vanished, as the news and Smithsonian ethnology reports would suggest, or it was all just a fantastic hoax, I am always fascinated by the possibility.

Jim Vieira is not a scientist, nor does he claim to be. He is an average guy with an interest in what seems to be compelling evidence of giant skeletons measuring seven feet tall and above, often with bizarre double rows of teeth. As a stone mason, he took particular interest in the unusual stone constructions found at the burial sites of these remains.

True or not, there are innumerable claims of these discoveries all over the US. Some of them even come from my backyard here in Wisconsin. Why not visit the locations of these supposed finds and poke around in the dirt a bit? Giant or not, something was found there.

Searching for Giant Skeletons

In the debut episode of History’s new series Search for the Lost Giants, brothers Jim and Bill Vieira examine two such locations in Massachusetts. The episode opens as they use ground-penetrating radar to examine a protected site on Native American land in Deerfield, MA. It is here that local historian George Sheldon documented the discovery of a eight foot skeleton in 1895. Though they cannot disturb the soil, the radar seems to indicate the existence of a stone slab as found in other burial sites. Typically, the stone is similar in height to the body it is covering. The measurements from the radar show a massive slab roughly twelve feet long and four or five feet wide.

The Vieira brothers then move to another location not far from Deerfield, to a strange stone structure known as the Goshen Mystery Tunnel. While local legend says the tunnels were created by a gang of counterfeiters or grave robbers to access their hideout beneath the nearby cemetery, some believe the tunnels may have pre-colonial origins. Jim is intrigued by another legend, that there is a hidden chamber in the tunnels that has never been opened. Since the structure is similar to other sites where giant skeletons were reportedly found, Jim wants to find that hidden chamber.

Opening the mysterious Goshen Tunnel on Search for the Lost Giants
Opening the Goshen Mystery Tunnel in search of giant skeletons

Following drawings made during an excavation in 1980 by Jim Whitall, the last person to explore the tunnels, Bill and Jim descend into the darkness where they find what may be evidence of the existence of the hidden chamber.

Rock with strange inscription near the Goshen Mystery Tunnel
Jim Vieira examines a rock with mysterious inscriptions near the Goshen Mystery Tunnel

But it’s the History channel, so we’ll have to wait until next week to discover there was nothing conclusive at the site.

Due to the controversy surrounding Jim’s research, this first episode put a great deal of effort into rationalizing his work. It was probably a necessary introduction to research at the center of such intense outrage. I am really not interested in Jim’s justifications, though. He has a right to draw his own conclusions without ridicule.

Besides, getting to explore ancient burial sites in the backwoods of America vicariously through my television has given my life new meaning. Or at least killing enough brain cells to induce trance and euphoric states.

Either way, what bliss.

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Jlea
Jlea
5 years ago

Didn’t they determine a long time ago that these giant human skulls and bones people had supposedly found were really mammoth skulls and bones?

Milton
Milton
5 years ago

I really think that this topic is the most important topic ever presented in my time alive.I truly believe that these,so called giants are the link to all our unknown missing pieces of history & how we humans of today link to previous humans of the past,or ancestors.It is odd to me how the shows ten minutes of fame through TV internet & all forms of modern media just seem to stop.James you are into the biggest linking discovery ever.As presented in the show through out modern history the existence of Giants seem to, Excuse the pun the info &… Read more »

Jade
Jade
6 years ago

Hi, I live in England and so I have only just started watching this programme on TV. I couldn’t stand the suspense for week to week viewings so I jumped online and have now finished the series. I loved the intrigue of the subject, despite my lack of belief but I must say that I am a lot more open minded to the idea of another Human race which was hybrid and eventually wiped out. Is there a series 2? Despite the pinch of salt taken with the ‘evidence’ , I really would enjoy another series.

James Skinner
James Skinner
6 years ago

Can anyone tell me if this show will be coming back on? I really enjoyed this series!!

JOSÉ GONÇALVES
JOSÉ GONÇALVES
6 years ago

I am watching this series on history channel ,here on Portugal.
Are they going to found one giant skeleton?
I Personally think is true that skeletton can have a 2 row of teeth,my brother is a normal person and had som teeth on second row that he later extracted on thet dentist.
So it´s perfectly normal that giants could heve this,maybe we had this mutation back in the past.
What makes me belive even more on the ancient aliens theory…

Best Regards

JOSÉ

Carlos F M V Lamosa
Carlos F M V Lamosa
6 years ago

you live right next to AZTLAN and not believe? There in not believe when they are facts, archaeological sites are there and the estabeleciido academia do not build a theory about. If you take the same undertaking research that Jim scallop, with the ease of living right there in wisconsin, and dig a little behind relatives of those who were witnesses of the 18 skeletons-pass by smitssoniano Intituto sure you’ll reach someone whose grandfather was on site etc …. These facts, as the stories of these people, as well as the headlines of local newspapers and even the New York… Read more »

James
James
6 years ago

Hi Charlie. Excuse my tardiness in responding. After the episode I shot with Jim and Bill in aired, I was beleagured with internet chat like this. I have actually stopped doing research until weather cooperates here in Missouri. All I can say is that the small (and big) town libraries across the US are FULL of these accounts. Tens of thousands, many quoating or written by the leading archaeologists of the day. I’m currently looking into a case of six giants found near my hometown in Springfield MO. I have uncovered numerous articles that provide confirmation for the original article.… Read more »

Erik
Erik
6 years ago

One more thing… the amount of people that scoff or ridicule this subject or idea of giants that were possibly hanging around, in more numbers or not, is just plain stupid. I can’t believe that with all the very tall or large people we know to have existed and still exist today, and how little we know about what lived in pre-historic recorded times yet with scratching the surface of some of the earth here and there we’ve already got thousands of bones of very large mammals (not even getting to dinosaurs yet) that have been discovered…. how can they… Read more »

Erik
Erik
6 years ago

Though an inconsistent TV watcher and even more sporadic internet surfer, I thought this series was made just for me. For no apparent reason, I’ve been interested in giants, of ANY kind or time, since I was very young. I’ve always been interested in large beasts, and anything that I missed seeing that would have blown me away… just because it happened long ago. I can get lost in imagination at a museum for hours, therefore I usually have to go alone. I sense the public isn’t interested as they should be, even taking into consideration that tastes are just… Read more »

Clint
Clint
6 years ago

I really hope this ain’t going to be another show where it teases you with a new discovery only to find at the end of the episode nothing comes of it.

Looks like it’s gonna be another skip to the end of the episode job. Lol.

Clint
Clint
6 years ago

So they didn’t dig into the discovered chamber after finding the sand on it? What was the point of that if they weren’t going to try and dig for it?

Fishy if you ask me.

Terje Dahl
6 years ago

I was on the episode called “The Giant Curse” and many people have been asking if it was a fake tooth I showed from the hospital bed. Here is an interview where I am explaining what happened: http://www.sydhav.no/giants/history_channel.htm
My pages about giants: http://www.sydhav.no/giants/giants.htm

Faye Moore
6 years ago

I find this very exciting , I am riveted to the TV.The Bible speaks of giants besides Goliath.Keep it up I believe.

Robert Adinolfi
Robert Adinolfi
6 years ago

Intriguing show, Fact is that a museum in Virginia City NV had a skeleton of a giants bones on display. Haven’t been to Virginia City in years, So not sure of museum or skeleton status, but wrth looking into. Bob Adinolfi

Colin
6 years ago

It is a decently entertaining break from shows trying to figure out the disappearance of flight MH370 and testing 100 year old rivets pulled from the Titanic. I think this a pretty neat vacation from work for these guys. It is definitely more thought provoking than a 10,000$ trip to Alaska to have someone nearly pull your trigger finger and go back to work in your cubicle with some war story about you vs the Kodiak bear.

Liz Alexander
6 years ago

I haven’t seen the episodes, but I think the idea is intriguing! It doesn’t sound like the proportions are unrealistic; there’s people alive today that are 7 ft tall. 🙂

James
James
6 years ago

Thanks for the open minded review. Hope you liked episode 2! Curious to know what you thought.
James Clary

Ed Smith
6 years ago

There was a written account, during Magellan’s voyage, of their encounter with a race of Giants in what would later be called the Straights of Magellan. One of his ships was sent back to Spain with one of the giants but perished. The account comes from a book called “Traveler’s Tales”.