Hidden Italy: The Forbidden Cyclopean Ruins (Of Giants From Atlantis?)

Was the ancient land of Italy once inhabited by giants? Miles of prehistoric polygonal stone walls still survive scattered across Italy―ancient ruins so stunningly unique, bizarre, and futuristic that scholars, historians, and philosophers once believed they were built by a now-extinct race of giant human beings called the “Cyclopes.” Very little is known about these prehistoric builders and their strange megalithic masterpieces. Their building technique resembles that of the Incas/pre-Incas of Peru: enormous stones cut into interlocking angles, placed without mortar. As in Peru, the stones have withstood centuries of abandonment and quarrying by later civilizations like the Etruscans and Romans. Sadly, modern scholars ignore these ruins while the wider world is oblivious to their existence. We’ll see why some Victorians believed they were built by survivors from Atlantis.

Prehistoric Cyclopean door of Civitavecchia di Arpino
made with megalithic stones. Arpino, Italy.

Scattered throughout ancient Latium (the region in Italy where Rome was later founded) are the megalithic ruins of strangely built polygonal stone walls so stunningly unique, bizarre, and futuristic that for thousands of years it was believed they were constructed by a prehistoric race of giants, now forgotten.

This lost race of giants―said to have been taller, stronger, more clever, and generally superior to modern man―has been known in all eras as the “Cyclopes,” with the constructions they created termed “Cyclopean.”

Author and researcher Gary Biltcliffe studying a Cyclopean wall which
was built polygonal style with megalithic stones in Norba, Italy.

“Cyclopean masonry is a type of stonework…built with massive…boulders, roughly fitted together with minimal clearance between adjacent stones and no use of mortar…

The term comes from the belief of classical Greeks that only the mythical Cyclopes had the strength to move the enormous boulders…”


Many classical writers and historians, including Homer, Hesiod, Plutarch, Thucydides, and Diodorus Siculus, posited in their writings the idea that the Cyclopean ruins of Italy (and of Europe in general) were erected by this now-extinct Cyclopean race.

These ancient Cyclopean ruins are not in Italy, but in neighboring Greece (Tiryns).

“Ages before the Romans existed, the fair land of Italy was inhabited by nations who have left indestructible monuments as the only records of their history. Those wonderful cities of early Italy which have been termed Cyclopean, are thickly scattered throughout certain districts, and are often perched like eagles’ nests, on the very crests of mountains, at such an elevation as to strike amazement into the traveler who now visits them, and to bewilder him with speculations as to the state of society which could have driven men to such scarcely accessible spots for habitation, and to entrench themselves therein with such stupendous fortifications.”

―Louisa Caroline Tuthill, History of Architecture, (1848)

Despite this vast evidence of (a) “Cyclopean” ruins, and (b) chroniclers who say giant “Cyclopes” (humans) built them, few modern scholars take this mystery seriously.

In fact, it would not be a stretch to say that over the past century in Italy (and Europe) there appears to be a subtle cover-up of these lost archaeological sites―by way of ignoring them into obscurity―and it goes on today, as if the Elite powers who rule the world don’t want the mystery of the ruins to become widely known.

Megalithic wall, Alatri, Italy. Photo by author / researcher Gary Biltcliffe.

The first evidence of this cover-up is the fact that most people―even many Italians―are unaware these ruins exist. Many Italians living next to, or in the same town as, the ruins don’t comprehend their importance, nor do they recognize the magic and mysticism the ancients associated with them. This is peculiar, considering how advanced these prehistoric ruins are.

Prehistoric polygonal wall, Pigra, Italy. The graffiti indicates that some people
in this town do not respect the treasure they have in their midst. Why not?

Another oddity is that the builders, though described by ancient historians as giant Cyclopes with special powers and abilities, are reputed by modern scholars to never have existed.

Speak with a scholar today and tell her you think the Cyclopes really were a group of giants who really did build these monuments―she’ll laugh, and fairly smugly too. However, a Victorian era scholar wouldn’t have laughed; she (yes, many Victorian scholars were women) would have been open-minded to the possibility.

The Saracena Gate, a Cyclopean masterpiece. Massive stones fitted together
using the polygonal technique, long before the Romans and the Etruscans.

For one, Victorian scholars were generally smarter and more sophisticated than today’s scholars. Anyone who reads academic books from the Victorian era can spot this fairly easily. The Victorian scholars were not dumbed-down (by public schooling, mainstream television, and mass media) like we are today. They were certainly more open-minded―a sign of intelligence―and why shouldn’t they have been? The remains of Neanderthals (half-man/half-ape) were being discovered at the very start of the Victorian era, so the idea of a different “form” of humanity was becoming widely accepted.

If a half-man/half-ape creature is possible, then why not a “giant” human?

Moreover, during the Victorian era the bones of “giants” and “giant humans” were being found worldwide―and the Victorians knew it. They read about it on a fairly regular basis. The New York Timesreported on hundreds of these findings, including giant skeletal remains here in America, with some skeletons over nine feet tall. Most of these discoveries occurred inside earthen pyramidal mounds.

In the official History of Morrow County and Ohio, 1880 we read:

“In 1829, when the hotel was built in Chesterville, a mound nearby was made to furnish the material for the brick. In digging it away, a large human skeleton was found, but no measurements were made. It is related that the jaw-bone was found to fit easily over that of a citizen of the village, who was remarkable for his large jaw. The local physicians examined the cranium and found it proportionately large, with more teeth than the white race of today. The skeleton was taken to Mansfield, and has been lost sight of entirely.”

History of Morrow County and Ohio, 1880

Henry Howe’s Howe’s Historical Collections of Ohio, Vol II, Part 1, published in 1907, gives a similar report of the bones of giants being found inside of pyramidal mounds:

“In Seneca township (Noble County, Ohio) was opened, in 1872, one of numerous Indian mounds that abound in the neighborhood. This particular one was locally known as the “Bates” mound. Upon being dug into it was found to contain…remains of three skeletons, whose size would indicate they measured in life at least eight feet in height. The remarkable feature of these remains was they had double teeth in front as well as in back of the mouth and in both upper and lower jaws. Upon exposure to the atmosphere the skeletons soon crumbled back to mother earth.”

—Howe’s Historical Collections of Ohio, Vol. II, Part 1 (1907)

In Wisconsin up to 20,000 mounds, some shaped like mammals, birds and reptiles have been discovered, and Nitschke Mounds Park contain the most famous examples.

Pyramidal mound in Ohio, one of many so-called “Indian mounds” found throughout the U.S.

The New York Times reported on many “giant bones” discoveries in the early 1900s.

Today’s archaeologists and anthropologists don’t express nearly as much interest as you would think in these 18th, 19th and even 20th century descriptions of giant skeletal finds, in part because there is no evidence left to examine.  Amazingly, all evidence of these giant bones somehow disappeared―or, perhaps, were purposely spirited away―all of them:

Unknown photograph depicting a giant skeleton.

Whatever attention is paid to these reports by scholars is usually done in the spirit of explaining away the mystery. For example, scholars have cited the “physical abnormality” called gigantism, which they say may have afflicted some of the North American Indians. The tallest American in recent memory who suffered from the disease was Robert Wadlow (1918 – 1940) who stood an amazing 8 ft. 8 inches.

Giant human beings, like the two men in this photo, are said  to suffer from a “physical abnormality” called

Tales can, of course, be stretched, and should not be taken as fact on their own. There are, however, these Cyclopean ruins in Italy, all of which demonstrate unsurpassed skill and accuracy, and many that appear to “fit” giant humans in their proportions; combined with the legends of giants present in countless cultures, including in the Bible, one might begin to wonder if there is a gem of truth inside the tales and legends.

“There were Giants in the earth in those days.”

―Genesis 6:4

Surely we have enough evidence for scholars today to mount a serious campaign in an effort to learn more about these giant Cyclopes of old.  But they don’t. Why not? It seems almost as if governments and universities simply don’t want this information to become mainstream. That’s right, this information is seemingly being suppressed…on purpose.

We’ll discuss why in a moment, but for now let’s have a closer look at Italy’s Cyclopean ruins. They all seem to have been constructed by the same builders. When looking at these ruins scattered throughout ancient Italy, it seems clear that during remote prehistory a group of “Cyclopes” (whatever that term means) existed and built unusual monuments―monuments more at home in the distant future, rather than the primitive past. This is not my opinion; it is the information handed down to us by ancient historians and classicists, then retold time and again by philosophers, classicists, archaeologists and historians.

Keep in mind the stonework in these photos are several thousand years old. They were built not only before the ancient Romans, but before the Etruscans, who are the remote ancestors of the Romans. Yet these monuments still stand strong, bearing mute testimony to the power and skill of the builders, and to the strange history of humanity:


By Richard Cassaro


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