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were nonetheless used. Examples here include the Temple of Jupiter in Baalbek/Lebanon (Lohmann 2018) and Cologne Cathedral, which was 632 years in the building (Hardering 2014: 125). In the following I attempt to describe the concepts and examples of monumen- tality in three steps. First, before building we find a planning and conceptual phase when the motivation of the actors plays a particularly significant role. Second, this is followed by the phase during building, that is, the concrete implementation and organization of such a project. Finally, I discuss

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rooms to support the roof and smaller beams to lay on top or to cover smaller rooms. The relation between both types is approximately two to three times more smaller beams than bigger ones. The bigger beams could reach a length of 7 m and probably more (Eichmann 2007: 244) and are therefore costlier in terms of energy than smaller beams, which could be found and trans- ported much more easily. The transportation costs of these bigger beams were very high, as they had to be imported from far away, probably Lebanon, Turkey, or Iran (Kuniholm 1997: 347). The