Ancient Civilizations constructed temples, mounds, and megaliths, these peoples used an ancient technology to build these wonders of the ancient world. The giant stone quarries of the ancient world once produced quality stone for the construction of decorative monuments such as sculptures and obelisks. Most of these quarries are now recognized archaeological sites.
Many ancient quarries are covered in this video, these are some of the most fascinating places on Earth. The stone circles of Gobelki Tepe, the massive T-shaped stone pillars erected are the world's oldest known megaliths. Aswan, Egypt. In the famous granite quarries lies the largest Obelisk ever recorded. Cut out of granite, and estimated to weigh 1168 tons. Rapa Nui (Easter Island): Still reclining in the rock quarry alongside the edge of a volcano on Easter Island. Olmec Heartland. Mexico: Hidden within the Tuxtla mountains on the Gulf Coast of Mexico, a secret quarry was mined to create the huge basalt heads of the Olmec. Stonehenge Britain’s most famous stone circle. Sacred Valley, Peru: On an opposing mountaintop to the Peruvian fortress of Ollantaytambo, gigantic, perfectly cut megalithic blocks. Baalbek, Lebanon : The largest monolith in the world, weighing in at a staggering 1242 tons, still sits in the nearby quarry at Baalbek.