The Cardiff giant is a hoax perpetrated in the United States. It was supposedly a petrified man, discovered and discovered on October 16, 1869 by workers digging a well behind the barn of William “Stub” Newell located in Cardiff, New York. The crowd came in numbers to contemplate the giant, each person having to pay and then, in view of the success of the operation, from the second day.
In February 1870, the giant was declared to be fake and was actually carved out of gypsum in 1868 in Iowa. A copy made by P. T. Barnum is now in the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, New York.