Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Dispute over the Bosnian Pyramids



Balkan Travellers   
The argument over the possible discovery of Bosnian pyramides heats up, as Osmanagic advances with his excavations inspite of proffessional archeologysts' denial of his theories and protests against his activities.


Semir Osmanagic
Osmanagić’s version:

There are pyramids in Bosnia. It is a matter of time before everybody realises it.



“My discovery will change human history.”

The Bosnian pyramids were created by a highly-developed civilization more than 12,000 years ago.

The slopes of the Sun Pyramid are covered with man-made stones.

The pyramids have a faultless geometric form and they are connected by a system of artificially-made tunnels.

An analysis of thermal satellite images shows that the pyramids’ walls cool down faster than the rest of the geological formations in the Visoko region, which proves that there are hollow spaces underneath their surface.

Mark Rose
The critics:

The Bosnian pyramids are a misconception. Osmanagić is an impostor and his excavations damage the architectural heritage.

Anthony Harding, President of the European Association of Archaeologists "I've seen the site, in my opinion it is entirely natural.”

Sejfudin Vrabac, Faculty of Mining and Geology at the University of Tuzla, said that it was a natural geological formation, with dozens of similar formations in the Sarajevo-Zenica mining basin alone.

A letter signed by 26 professional archeologists from the USA, Canada, the United Kingdon, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina: “The pyramid claims of Mr. Osmanagic and the activities of his team pose a serious threat to the rich historical, cultural and archaeological heritage of the Visoko region.”

Mark Rose, Archeological Institute of America: “If you want to categorize this farce, it seems a standard-issue “amateur/maverick confounds establishment with great discovery” story, which no doubt makes it appealing to uncritical reporters looking for a big story. This kind of tale is a staple of the pseudoarchaeology or fantastic archaeology genre. And the term "pyramidiot" has been applied to those obsessed with pyramids and who offer strange interpretations of them on websites and in books and televsion programs.”

 

 

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