The above image is the famous unfinished and abandoned obelisk of Aswan, Egypt. It is estimated to weigh a staggering 1250 tons, consists of hard granite and is larger than any other known obelisk. As with so many other ancient megaliths and monoliths, there is no crane in the world today that could lift it. I have dedicated an entire chapter to them in my book “Atlantis and the Garden of Eden”. It remains a mystery how such structures were cut and quarried and how they were transported – or as in this case – how they intended to transport it.
Some Egyptologists now appear to think the “how was it cut” question is solved. They say it was done with diorite stones. I am no expert, but as far as I know, granite and diorite have approximately the same hardness, so its difficult to comprehend how one was supposed to have been used to cut the other. Even on Wikipedia, a hotspot of super-skeptical editing, it is admitted on the page Obelisk-making technology of Ancient Egypt:
It is not known what technique was employed for carving the granite from the quarry bed-rock and there are very unusual regularly-spaced “scallop” cuts all down the cut surfaces which cannot be explained by the current, frequently repeated, but quite unproven statement that they were “pounded out” by hitting with small balls of diorite. No scientific explanation of these scalloped cut marks has ever been published…
It is also claimed that obelisks were lifted by a group of workers by rope and then transported by ship down the Nile. This could be true of smaller obelisks, but I would be very curious to find out how a 1250 ton block of granite could be transported on one of the wooden ships of ancient Egypt! Even a superficial examination of the situation by a complete amateur like me, shows that things don’t add up here.
Any feasibility study by ancient Egyptian workers would have suggested using smaller blocks – as they did for almost all of their buildings (except for their oldest ones). An interesting side-note: Whoever built the pre-flood Sphinx may have also been responsible the Aswan Obelisk. Upon digging beneath the Sphinx, rather than natural earth, red granite was found. Red granite is not native to the area around the Sphinx. The only place it can be found the wider area is hundreds of miles further south – in Aswan.
Archaeologists say that the reason the Aswan Obelisk was not transported but abandoned is because it was damaged. Several cracks can be found in it. My rebuttal of that is: Granite is so hard it doesn’t just “crack” like a piece of wood. Unless there was some failed attempt to move it and it broke under those conditions, it’s destruction was more likely deliberate. But who might have destroyed it remains just as much a mystery as who built it.
The structure you see above is called “Stone of a Pregnant Woman”. I consider what Wikipedia says about it, false:
The Stone of the Pregnant Woman is a Roman monolith in Baalbek (ancient Heliopolis), Lebanon. Together with another ancient stone block nearby, it is among the largest monoliths ever quarried. The two building blocks were intended for the close-by Roman temple complex − possibly as an addition to the so-called trilith − which was characterized by a monolithic gigantism unparalled in antiquity.
As explained in my book and also half-heartedly conceded in the above paragraph, a structure of such size is unparalleled not only in Roman architecture but in the entirety of antiquity. In other words: Its probably not Roman.
Yes, the Roman Temple nearby uses a stone of similar size (which you can see in the next image). But this Roman “Temple of Jupiter” was built on top of the gigantic structure. Says Wikipedia:
A group of three horizontally lying giant stones which form part of the podium of the Roman Jupiter Temple of Baalbek, Lebanon, go by the name “trilithon”. Weighing ca. 800 to 1200 tons each, they are among the largest ancient monoliths and even of the whole of history. The supporting stone layer beneath features a number of stones which are still in the order of 350 t. In the quarry nearby, two Roman building blocks, which were intended for the same podium, even surpass 1,000 t, lying there unused since their extraction in ancient times.
On Wikipedia, as in most “official source” books and websites, you will find the idea that these are “Roman” structures repeated often. But you will not find this kind of “Roman” building anywhere else – not in Italy or the Rest of Europe, not in North Africa, nowhere in the Mideast. The Roman Jupiter Temple built on top of the three 800-ton stone blocks are of a different style and of much smaller stones. Anyone who has ever visited the site can see with their bare eyes that the Romans built on top of an already existing structure. The Romans were known to have built on top of older sites all around Europe and North Africa, so why should it be any different here?
Nearby, at a quarry site we find yet another mega-stone that appears to have been abandoned in haste. It was never transported to the building:
This is the largest of them all, at an estimated 1300 tons.
The largest monolith in the world was supposed to have been cut and quarried at the command of the Roman Emperor Augustus. But rather than building it in Rome or other seats of the Empire, he chose Baalbek, which back then was an insignificant town in the middle of nowhere. This makes no sense at all because Romans consistently built their greatest structures in places of significance.
Furthermore, the Romans kept record of everything they built in meticulous detail. But there are no records whatsoever on how the largest structure ever was quarried and transported. Odd, isnt it? Again, it doesn’t take an expert archaeologist to recognize that something is amiss with the “official version” about these stones. Roman historical records indicate that approximately 300 tons was the limit to what they were able to transport. Nowhere in their records is any indication of having transported 1250 ton stones. In fact, we have it on record that emperor Augustus himself deemed the transportation of a 400 ton Obelisk from Egypt to Rome too difficult and aborted the project. Romans had neither the capability nor the desire to transport gigantic weights.
The trilithon is much more strongly eroded than the Jupiter Temple atop of it. Even an untrained eye, who has been on location, can see that there are many thousands of years of erosion between the super-stones and the Roman ones.
If the Romans were responsible for this, why didn’t they just use the two unfinished blocks to build the temple? Unless they were much too heavy for them to handle it would make no sense to transport three huge blocks but leave the others lying in the fields. Especially not for the proud Romans who in their prime, didn’t leave construction unfinished.
What’s more is that the trilithon blocks are placed upon each other so precisely that you couldn’t fit a sheet of paper between them. The later roman blocks are not fitted that expertly. So even if we were to suppose that the Romans transported these blocks (the Romans who couldnt even transport a 400 ton Obelisk and needed up to 50 years to transport smaller ones), how were the placed with such precision?
This is a short 7 minute documentary on the Baalbek Mystery (it is biased toward the “ancient aliens” explanation, but informative nonetheless):
There being no Roman, Phoenician or Egyptian records of how these stones were built, I suggest we look further back. There are many different legends on who is responsible for the structures. One arabic account states that King Nimrod sent giants to build the temple at Baalbek after the flood. (Source: History of Baalbek by Michael Alouf). As those familiar with the biblical narrative know, Nimrod was also the one who ordered the building of the “Tower of Babel”. This story is most consistent with myths around the globe (as shown in my book). Later legends say that the temple was built by jinn. Needless to say, these legends predate the Roman Empire.
Another legend says that it was built by Cain – son of Adam “in the year 133 of Creation”. That’s not the year 133 after Christ, it’s the year 133 right at the beginning of humankind. The legend also says that it was built before the flood with the help of giants and that these giants were destroyed by the flood. Maybe both of these legends apply and Nimrod built his structure on top of an already existing pre-flood structure. Those theologically familiar with Nimrod know that it was his intention to “bring back the old days of before the flood”.
So mythology says that the foundation stones were made by giants, not Romans. If they were pre-flood it would make them more than 12 000 years old (according to my book). If they were post-flood Nimrod it would make them 6000 to 10 000 years old. This would make perfect sense to me, but it is impossible to accept by the mainstream because it would entail not only re-writing the History of Lebanon, but that of the whole world.
Ancient-Aliens theorists say that Baalbek was a landing platform for the alien-god Baal. While ancient-alien-theorists do get many things right, I believe they got this one wrong. Why? Because there are no mythological accounts indicating that it was a platform for spaceships or rockets.
What follows are very recently (2013) discovered megaliths in southern Siberia at Gornaya Shoria. They are the biggest ones found to date, each weighing up to approximately 4000 tons. These blocks are so massive and their age so old that many were quick to say they were natural. They were discovered by “paleo-seti researcher” (ancient aliens researcher) Dr Valery Uvarov (mainstream press say “they were first reported by the academic John Jensen). However, after the press tapered off a little, some researchers revisited the issue, claiming that they are not natural after all. Nature does not stack rectangular stone blocks upon each other nor move those blocks outside of the mountain.
Quoting a newspaper-article from the Epoch Times:
The word is starting to spread through websites that explore mysterious events and artifacts from history that megaliths found in Gornaya Shoria (Mount Shoria), Siberia, could be the largest in the world.
The first person to report this news was amateur researcher John Jensen, who had previously gained some attention for identifying unusual formations off the east coast of the United States.
He came across photos recently taken of a team exploring the megaliths and information about the megaliths posted on Russian websites. One of the websites was that of Valery Uvarov, a Russian author interested in the Egyptian pyramids.
Epoch Times has not yet been able to independently verify these reports, though the photos are available on Jensen’s blog and his post on Academia.edu…
…The stones at Gornaya Shoria are stacked about 130 feet (40 meters) high, according to Jensen. They appear to be carved into rectangular blocks, with some forming passageways.
The problem with the idea that these are “natural” is that some of the blocks are rectangles. As we know, nature does not tend to create perfect squares, circles or rectangles. Skeptics were quick to point out that similar structures have been found elsewhere but I haven’t found any pictures of them on the Internet. For example, Wikipedia, always quick to have the skeptics version of things edited in, says:
The Gornaya Shoria megaliths are a stone formation at Gornaya Shoria in southern Siberia, Russia, lying to the east of the Altay Mountains. They have been claimed to be gigantic prehistoric stones, or megaliths, but no reliable confirmation of this has been made to date. However, granite can exhibit cubic fractures. There are similar formations around the world, as in Girraween National Park in Australia and in the Rudolfstein in the Fichtel Mountains of Germany.
The largest pieces or blocks of stone have estimated weights between three and four thousand tons, and if they are megaliths they are the largest cut stones in the world dating from prehistory. First reported and photographed in 2013, they have been compared with the smaller megaliths at Baalbek, now in the Lebanon.
In an Internet-Search I did not find any rectangular blocks in either the Fichtel Mountains of Germany nor the Girrween Park of Australia. The closest I found to what they are probably referring to, is this: Fichtel Mountain Granite Blocks.
But these blocks are not rectangular or even level. And even if they were, who is to say that they were stacked upon each other by natural means? As far as I am concerned, the jury is still out on what the Shorya Mountain megaliths are.