27 October 2005

Europe’s first pyramid discovered near Sarajevo

via the BBC
Bosnia's leading Muslim daily Dnevni Avaz writes excitedly about "a sensational discovery" of "the first European pyramid" in the central town of Visoko, just north of Sarajevo.

Excavations at a hill site above the town have been going on for several months and initial analyses "have confirmed the original claim that this is Europe's first pyramid and a monumental building, similar in dimensions to the Egyptian pyramids."

"The pyramid is 100 metres high and there is evidence that it contains rooms and a monumental causeway ... The plateau is built of stone blocks, which indicates the presence at the time of a highly developed civilisation," the daily explains.

"Archaeological excavations near the surface have uncovered a part of a wall and fragments of steps," it reveals.

"Visocica hill could not have been shaped like this by nature," geologist Nada Nukic tells the daily. "This is already far too more than we have anticipated, but we expect a lot more from further analysis," she concludes.

According to Dino Avdibegovic (via Kottke):—
Near the city of Visoko, 30 km north of Sarajevo, there is a stone pyramid of monumental size, claims the Bosnian archeologist Semir Osmanagić, who lives and works in the USA.

After several months of geological and archeological research, Mr. Osmanagić concluded that under the present hill of Visočica hides a stairs-like pyramid, about 12,000 years old. Osmanagić, who intensively researched on pyramids in Americas, Asia and Africa for the last 15 years and wrote several books on the subject, says he's quite sure he found the first pyramid in Europe, which is quite similar to ones in the Southern America.

He believes that the project would completely change Bosnia's significance in the world of archeology.

On the top of "Bosnian pyramid of Sun" was a temple, built by pre-Illyrians, people who lived, according to Osmanagić, 27,000 years ago.

Mr. Osmanagić thinks he will solve the "Bosnian pyramid of Sun" in the next five years, but also prove the existence of "Bosnian pyramid of Moon", lying under the neighboring hill of Križž.

NOTE — Two coworkers of mine, Danijel and Saša, grew up very close to Visoko and after learning of the discovery, will be visiting the site next year. Hopefully they can get more up-close photos as the excavation begins.


Chloe said...

This sounds suspiciously like a (rather unpopular) local story from my area...
Watermelon Punch Forum - The alleged pyramid of Olyphant

Fell said...

This may be true, I am not discounting that either. Especially with all the hoopla the media likes to create. But this one seems pretty good so far and I guess we'll just have to wait till they dig it up.

Though, don't they have some sort of radio technology they can use to peer into the hills, I wonder? I know they used similar technology to find that ancient Vedic town off the Indian coast a few years back (from what I remember).

Chloe said...

That's exactly what I wondered - about them being able to see beneath before escavating...

But I suppose as long as this Bosnian archaelogist doesn't start talking about the pyramid designers currently living in the Orion system, and there being some kind of stargate nearby the pyramid... and well, if he mentions Houdini somehow being involved - then we know the two are connected. (This is what proponents of the Olyphant pyramid have mentioned! - there's a Houdini museum not far from here as well, so I think that's how he got mixed up in this.)

John Kozlich said...

Man fears Time, yet Time fears the Pyramids
The great pyramid of Gizza is believed to have been built over a 20 year period with a huge labour force.

When Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798, his pride was expressed through his famous quote: "Soldats! Du haut de ces Pyramides, 40 siècles nous contemplent". (Soldiers! From the top of these Pyramids, 40 centuries are looking at us)
Napoleon while prowling around the Balkans sort of missed this pyramid sitting on his front door step.

I know of Avars, Huns, Slavs the early Illyrians etc. I also hear there are UFO's, I'm also aware a lot could be uncovered with a simple test drill hole. Who knows, it just might be a pyramid.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is well known for its past centuries of violence, how did they ever manage to unite the labour force necessary to build this monument?
I know that a Bosnian won an oscar, now Bosnia has a pyramid. John Kozlich

Fell said...

I don't like to jump the gun with guessing what the origins are, but it should really tickle the imagination that this pyramid could be as old as they claim.

Though, we need to remember that as for Giza, the theories of a huge labour force of two decades is how we could do it. They've found holes drilled in Middle America in temples and ruins that can't be reproduced using current technology. That alone posits a) in history, there was an advanced technology for contstruction that we don't understand, and may never, so b) we shouldn't limit ourselves to saying Egydt did build it in 20 years with thousands upon thousands of workers.

I hate that about science and bad jorunalism, that we're arrogant enough to believe we can answer mysteries by saying If we can't do it, or if this is how we would do it, then they must have been exactly the same.