New monolith discovery (Bottom right) – Credit: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut

New monolith discovery (Bottom right) – Credit: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut

 By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

This is a staggering find dating back to 30BC. The biggest stone carved by man EVER. The height and weight would make it seem impossible to move yet there are signs the stone is not from this region of the dig at Baalbek Heliopolis, Lebanon. Like the stones of the great Pyramid in Egypt nobody can understand how they got the stones there. In England we have Stonehenge, the stones are from 400 miles away in Wales! This was a time when if you traveled 400 miles there is every chance you may forget where you live. So here we have it, the biggest stone carved by man from the BC time. Just amazing. Science has been on the ball lately, finding life or signs of life on a comet with a lander, just amazes me these things. Just when we think history was this, it actually was that. What other changes will Science bring to us in the coming years we can only speculate. But with this stone it really makes one wonder how clever our historical selves were to get a stone this large to that area and cut it to precision point

Archaeologists studying an ancient quarry that is home to a famously gigantic stone block have now found an even bigger stone block at the site, reports io9. This monster, which dates back to 27 BC, is 64 feet long and 19.6 feet wide. Though it is still mostly buried, researchers estimate that it’s 18 feet high and weighs somewhere around 1,650 tons, thus making it the biggest stone block from antiquity, reports the Archaeology News Network. German archaeologists uncovered it in the quarry at Baalbek in what is now Lebanon. It is next to a fully exposed stone block of similar, but smaller, dimensions, known as Hajjar-al-Hibla, or Stone of the Pregnant Woman.

In the summer of 2014, the Oriental Department of the German Archaeological Institute led excavations in the quarry of Baalbek Heliopolis (Lebanon) and discovered the world’s largest ancient quarried stone block.

The monolithic block is a staggering 19.60 m long, 6 m wide and at least 5.5 m high with an estimated weight of 1650 tons. Stones like this were quarried for the podium of a temple dedicated to Jupiter in the Roman sanctuary of Baalbek.

The team is currently investigating why the stone was never completed and left in the quarry – and by what means could the stone block be transported. Studying the machining marks on a similar 1000 ton monolith, named “Hajjar al-Hibla” (Stone of the Pregnant Woman) their data revealed that Hajjar al-Hibla was left in the quarry due to the poor stone quality on the block’s edge that could leave it prone to damage during transport. The larger monolith, located in the stone layer under the Hajjar al- Hibla has a narrow side already worked to a smooth face and would have been transported as a single block.

Stone of the Pregnant Woman : Hajjar al- Hibla WikiPedia

Stone of the Pregnant Woman : Hajjar al- Hibla WikiPedia

Archaeologists also investigated the waste dumps of the mining activities, in order to locate datable and stratifiable sherds of pottery and small finds. The giant monolith will be further investigated to gain exact dimensions during the next phase of archaeological investigations. The research was undertaken  with the supervision of Prof. Dr. Abdul Massih Jeanine , Lebanese University and the Baalbek Project of the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute, in cooperation with the Lebanese Council of Antiquities.

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8 responses

  1. Shaun, great reporting. I love ancient civilization stories. The size is amazing. Reminds me of out trip to the ruins of Carthage where the column capitals were 6 feet high. No columns left intact but can only image their size! Great post!


    • Thanks Anne…
      It amazes me and everyone, Science included how these huge stones were transported hundreds of miles. Modern day vehicles would struggle to drive that huge stone (Made and sculptured by man) 50 Miles..The logistics of moving that in 2014 are almost impossible..So the question is “How did they do it” Same with Stonehenge. This is why I believe a part of our or Earth’s history has been lost/forgotten with crumbs of clues scattered all over the planet…Amazed me and although I will never find the answer, researching it all is amazing fun…