Where did the photograph of the excavation of a gigantic humanoid skeleton come from?

In 2004, a photograph of a giant humanoid skeleton found during archaeological excavations in the desert of either India or Saudi Arabia was circulated on the Internet, as well as in many print media. Based on the size of the figures of people and objects in the photograph, the length of the skeleton was estimated to be about 18-24 meters.

So in the first Internet reports, it was claimed that the find was made in the desert in the west of India by a National Geographic expedition. According to the source, the territory of the excavations is cordoned off by the Indian army, and all the details are classified. The message also spoke about the finds of stone tablets with ancient inscriptions in Sanskrit, according to which the skeletons belonged to the mythical giants Rakshasas, who defied the gods and were destroyed by them.

Another version of events was published on April 24, 2004 in the Bangladeshi newspaper "The New Nation" in an article about the discovery of giant human remains in Saudi Arabia:

While searching for gas fields in Saudi Arabia, this giant skeleton was discovered in the Rub al-Khali desert. This proves what Allah said in the Qur'an about the people of the Aad tribe. They were so large that they took trees with one hand. Allah destroyed them, because they disobeyed him, the Saudi ulama ruled that this skeleton belongs to a man from the Aad tribe. At the moment, the KSA army has cordoned off the area, but one military helicopter managed to photograph this skeleton.

However, upon closer examination, the picture turned out to be a high-quality photomontage. Moreover, the original photo did indeed depict excavations, just not in the desert, but not far from Hyde Park on September 16, 2000. Archaeologists actually found a skeleton in this place, but it did not belong to a giant man, but to a mastodon who lived about 10-15 thousand years ago. This is how the original photo looked like before we worked on it in a graphics editor.

It turns out that a photograph depicting an archaeological excavation of a giant humanoid skeleton took third place in 2002 in the graphic design competition "Archaeological Anomalies-2", which was held on the website www.worth1000.com.

Soon after the publication, the photos were widely circulated on the Internet. And also in articles with "flashy headlines" it was published by some media as proof of the existence of the ancient race of giants, which are mentioned in the Bible and the myths of many nations.

After the misunderstanding was discovered, the author of the photomontage, known by the pseudonym IronKite, gained some notoriety in the communities of graphic designers and researchers of anomalous phenomena.