The Baalbek Quarry Problem

In the previous post I ventured the idea of giant sized Cretaceous humans who may have quarried the large, in situ, stone block at Baalbek in Lebanon.

A quick check of the geology and it seems the quarry is located in Cretaceous limestones, so clearly the humans who quarried this rock could not have been Cretaceous humans, but post Cretaceous humans.

This is not to say that there were no Cretaceous humans, of course, just that in this particular case, the Baalbek trilithons, the quarrying was during post-Cretaceous times, that is, any time between now and the K-T event.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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2 Responses to The Baalbek Quarry Problem

  1. tempestnut says:

    “that is, any time between now and the K-T event” 65 million years is the accepted time line here, but there seems to me to be a dearth of real evidence for this timeline and large unexplained gaps where nothing seems to have happened. Is this your reading of this period?

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  2. Yes, this period is problematical and I am slowly establishing what rocks the ancient builders used but getting hold of up to date geology maps is a veritable nightmare. I am now thinking that humans and the building of those megalithic structures date after the K-T event and would equate the megafauna of the period. In the diamond business (I’m from the De Beers school) the most massive formation of kimberlites was during the Cretaceous and that was associated with a massive outgassing of CO2 resulting in the deposition of the typical Cretaceous carbonates including limestones, marls etc that the Egyptian pyramids and Sphinx are made from.

    But for the moment I’m just collating the data and making a provisional guess. Machu Pikchu in Peru, for example, has two distinct architectural phases, an older tight-fitting almost seamless foundation made from granite, and more recent badly formed rubbly additions. My guess is that Machu Pikchu was of the same age as the Lake Titicaca constructions but were block faulted into their present locations. The survivors then repaired the habitat as best they could to survive at these new elevations. When that happened I don’t know but it has to be post K-T and the most pressing task is to see how many ‘extinction’ events are recognised between the present and the K-T boundary.

    And getting distracted by the building program here on the farm makes progress slow. 🙂

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