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. Trained by Western Mining Corporation and polished by De Beers.
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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?


  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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