Originally posted by spikey
The 'evidence' is that these 1000+ tonnes quarried, carved and placed colossal stones, can not be moved today by our largest, modern cranes. These
gargantuan blocks were lain and set approximately nine-thousand-years-ago!
That's a 9 followed by three 0's, or put another way...9,000 freaking years ago. Twice the reported age of the great pyramids of Egypt. Nearly twice
as old as Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.
There is so much incredibly wrong in these posts.
The area of Baalbek has been settled for 9,000 years but the temple is not 9,000 years old. The construction of the temple complex began in the first
century BC, by the Romans. We know the Romans (not giants, but that is an interesting side-note) built the complex because we have documentation of
it. Construction was continuous for well over a century. Baalbek (known to the Romans as Heliopolis) lay near a major trade-route to the East, the
local economy was tied to travelers on this route visiting the temples; so construction was always taking place.
Originally posted by Mooradian
The base columns are over 1000 TONS. thats a weight that even our strongest cranes cannot pick up. These rocks were cut perfectly and placed together
so a paper cannot not be inserted between!
(also, the 1000 ton rocks were moved 5 miles =/)
No, the base columns are not over 1000 tons. The largest blocks at the temple are around 800 tons. Though we don't know exactly how the Romans moved
the stones at Baalbek into place, we have a good idea based on the methods known in other constructions.
However, there are two stones at the nearby quarry that way over 1000 tons, Stone of the Pregnant Woman
and another unnamed stone. However,
this are still in the quarry 1 kilometer away and uphill from the temple complex, not 5 miles as claimed above. They were not moved; it is unknown if
they were ever intended to be moved whole or broken up.
As for such large stones being impossible for the ancients to move, that is wrong as well. The Romans often moved very large stones much further than
the one-kilometer from the quarry to the Heliopolis temple-complex. For instance, Augustus had a 230 ton obelisk moved from Alexandria to Rome to
commemorate his victories against Marcus Antonius, a distance of 1951 kilometers further than the stones at the Heliopolis complex. As for modern man
being incapable of moving such weights, in the 18th century Russian moved a 1250 ton stone, the Thunderstone.
(That interesting side-note being that after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, in just a few centuries many Europeans outside of Italy forgot the
Romans were capable of great archaeological works...
Saxo Grammaticus, for example, argues that giants had to exist, because nothing else would explain the large walls, stone monuments, and statues
that we now know were the remains of Roman construction
The more things change...
edit on 10-9-2010 by DoomsdayRex because: (no reason given)