Looking at examples of stone structures in the region this style seemed to be associated with the ancient Phoenicians more so than the Romans. I recently stumbled upon the 13th century muslim fortress known as the "Temple of Nimrod" located near the Lebanon/Israel border which employs a similar same style of beveled blocks:
A few interesting features:
The fort was apparently rebuilt several times over the centuries but it is interesting to note not all of the walls have bevelled blocks:
Even on the same walls:
There is no evidence I can find this site may predate the Arabs.
So, either the Arabs were recycling old Phoenician structures for building material which is possible considering there are many Phoenician structures in the area including those that were built on by the Romans. Or, the Arabs at some point, though not consistently, cut and dressed blocks in the same way. Anyhoo, this seems relevant as to the provenance of the beveled blocks at Baalbek.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10-Jun-16 20:09 by Thanos5150.
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