FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims To Show A Massive Stone From The Pyramids Of Giza
An image shared on Facebook nearly 700 times purportedly shows a massive stone block from the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
The image shows a stone block in Baalbek, Lebanon, not a stone used to build the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Featured in the image is a large stone block that dwarfs the few people standing near it. The caption describes it as a “single stone from the Pyramids of Giza,” which were built by the Egyptians several thousand years ago.
Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact discovered the picture does not show a block from the Pyramids of Giza, but rather from a limestone quarry in Baalbek, Lebanon. It appears in a 2014 io9 article published on the Gizmodo website that reports about the German Archaeological Institute discovering another nearby giant block, which can be seen partially-buried in the photo.
The fully-exposed monolith dates back to about 27 B.C. and weighs over 1,000 tons, according to io9. Similarly massive stone blocks were used to help build the nearby Temple of Jupiter in Baalbek, Discovery News reported. (RELATED: Image Claims To Show Lightning Over The Pyramids Of Giza)
The German Archaeological Institute said in a statement that the block pictured to the right and beneath the fully-uncovered stone is the “biggest boulder known from antiquity” and “was meant to be transported and used without being cut,” according to Discovery News. It was likely meant to be used in the Temple of Jupiter, Smithsonian Magazine reported.