The Baalbek Mystery
Located in present day Lebanon, the technology used to lift the over 800 Tonne stone blocks used to construct the Ancient Baalbek Temple complex remains unexplained.
Whilst its possible to trace Baalbek’s history to about 8000 BC and into the Phoenician period, the possibility that the Temple Complex predates this period also exists.
If we consider the question of the Technology that would have been required to lift the large stone blocks used to build the earliest part of the Temple Complex, we are faced with a conundrum because the technology required to lift the massive stones used at Baalbek supposedly did not exist.
History Of Baalbek
It’s generally accepted that Baalbek dates back to the Canaanite period, and was probably a site for the veneration of the Canaanite Supreme God Baal as its name would suggest.
Subsequent periods of Greek, Roman and Islamic occupation occurred until the area fell within the control of the Ottoman Empire during the 16th Century, whereafter it became part of the modern Lebanese Republic.
The Canaanites, Greeks and Romans made extensive use of the site with the Greeks and Romans building Temples in honour of the Gods Zeus and Jupiter.
In renaming the Site Heliopolis, the Greeks recognised it as one of the main centers of worship.
In addition to the construction carried out by the Greeks and Romans, signs of which are still evident from the site as part of the Ancient Temple Ruins, the earlier Temple platform which served as the foundation on which the later Temples were constructed has not been adequately explained.
This older part of the Temple was constructed using giant Megaliths weighing at least 800 Tonnes each.
In addition, abandoned Megaliths have also been discovered near the Baalbek site…How these blocks were cut and moved to the main Temple site with the technology available at the time is also not fully accounted for.
As a result, alternative explanations have been proposed for the origins of Baalbek.
Alternative Explanations for Baalbek
Sitchin and Hancock propose that the Baalbek site is much older than is generally accepted.
According to Hancock, the key to the puzzle lies in appreciating that the construction engineering challenges posed by the Baalbek Temple Complex suggest that it could not have been accomplished by the Canaanites, Romans and/or Greeks
An earlier more advanced Lost Civilization with the necessary technology was therefore probably responsible for Baalbek although Hancock doesn’t go as far as identifying it.
Sitchin on the other hand points to the ancient Sumerian record in particular, the Epic Of Gilgamesh in which Gilgamesh King of Uruk embarked on a quest for immortality that took him to Baalbek so he could board a Shem or Rocket to the Planet Nibiru, home of the Anunnaki Gods so he could also obtain the eternal life of the Gods.
According to Sitchin, Gilgamesh witnessed Rockets being launched from Baalbek in The Epic of Gilgamesh, and for this reason Sitchin argues that Baalbek was actually an Ancient Anunnaki Spaceport.
This would explain the use of the massive Platform stones and also resolve the question of the source of the technology required to build the site using such massive stone blocks.
Whist the Ancient and recent History of Baalbek is fairly certain, its Pre-History is not a settled question.
There is good evidence to suggest that the Roman and Greek Temples were built using the remnants of an earlier more Ancient Temple Complex as a foundation.
How this earlier more sophisticated and technologically challenging Foundation was itself built, who built it and why remain questions open for debate…So far the Lost Civilization and Anunnaki Theories offer some insight on the question with Sitchin going as far as to suggest that the answer is already available from the Sumerian Record.
Stay tuned for more Unexplained Structures entries, and peep the Baalbek documentary below.