The fact that Pyramids are scattered across the planet isn’t a surprise. From America to Asia, archaeologists have found how nearly all ancient cultures built massive monuments thousands of years ago. Some of them served as tombs, while the purpose of many other pyramids remains a mystery.
But this fact alone is why it isn’t surprising to hear that Pyramids have also been found in Europe, more precisely Bosnia.
According to many authors, the Bosnian Pyramid Complex is around 12,000 years old and was built by a mysterious people near Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The structures were discovered back in 20015, when Dr. Semir Osmanagic announced he had discovered, beneath the hills of Visoko, a pyramidal complex and, which in addition to being one of the largest on Earth, was interconnected through a network of underground tunnels.
Dr. Osmanagic not only claims to have discovered four pyramids but he, as well as many other authors, are convinced that these pyramids are traces of a lost people.
His thesis holds that both the Mesoamerican and Egyptian pyramids are the work of the same people who built the four pyramids of Bosnia Herzegovina and that the pyramidal complex could be, according to his words, “the mother of all the pyramids.”
In 2006, a great project was set up to restore the top of the Pyramid of the Sun.
Dr. Osmanagic assures that it is the most important of the four Pyramids measuring 360 meters in height.
Back then, the Bosnian Government made available the necessary funds to continue the excavation work in the Visoko region.
Dr. Osmanagic claimed that, over the centuries, some of the pyramids had lost their shape and that the material covering the Pyramids today did not allow to appreciate their geometry, so it was necessary to properly excavate them.
The decision of the Bosnian Government to fund the project raised a controversy in the European Association of Archaeologists, which was forced, in 2006, to write a manifesto against the decision of the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“We, the undersigned professional archaeologists from all parts of Europe, wish to protest strongly at the continuing support by the Bosnian authorities for the so-called “pyramid” project being conducted on hills at and near Visoko. This scheme is a cruel hoax on an unsuspecting public and has no place in the world of genuine science. It is a waste of scarce resources that would be much better used in protecting the genuine archaeological heritage and is diverting attention from the pressing problems that are affecting professional archaeologists in Bosnia-Herzegovina on a daily basis.”
Some authors consider that the document was a massive cover-up. The letter was signed by Hermann Parzinger, President of German Archaeological Institute in Berlin; Willem Willems, Inspector General of Rijksinspectie Archeologie in The Hague; Jean-Paul Demoule, President of the Institut nationale de recherches archéologiques préventives (INRAP) in Paris; Romuald Schild, Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw; Vassil Nikolov, Director of the Institute of Archaeology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia; Anthony Harding, President of the European Association of Archaeologists; and Mike Heyworth, Director of the Council for British Archaeology in York.
But why go through so much to stop excavations?
After all, if there aren’t any pyramids in Bosnia, why go through such an effort to stop the man? Why not let him dig? Time would eventually tell who was right, whether it was Dr. Osmanagic or all other archaeologists who were against the excavation process.
That’s because according to some experts, ‘genuine archaeological sites’ from the region could perish if the excavations go through.
According to reports, archaeological excavations in the summer of 2008 by archaeologists who are not related to Osmanagić’s Foundation uncovered medieval artifacts, which led to renewed calls for the government to cancel Osmanagić’s digging permits.
Amar Karapuš, a curator at the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, said, “When I first read about the pyramids I thought it was a very funny joke. I just couldn’t believe that anyone in the world could believe this.”
Garrett Fagan of Penn State University is quoted as saying, “They should not be allowed to destroy genuine sites in the pursuit of these delusions[…] It’s as if someone was permitted to bulldoze Stonehenge to find secret chambers of lost ancient wisdom underneath.”
Enver Imamović of the University of Sarajevo, a former director of the National Museum of Sarajevo, concerned that the excavations will damage historic sites such as the medieval royal capital Visoki, said that the excavations would “irreversibly destroy a national treasure.”
Furthermore, mainstream scholars such as Curtis Runnels, an American expert on prehistoric Greece and the Balkans from Boston University, claimed that the people who inhabited Bosnia and Herzegovina in the past, were a primitive people who were small in number and who “did not have the tools or skills to engage in the construction of monumental architecture.”
But Runnels, for example, is clearly underestimating the ancient people that lived in these areas thousands of years ago.
One clear example is the Vinca Culture, an ancient people who occupied the region of Southeastern Europe (i.e. the Balkans) corresponding mainly to modern-day Serbia but also parts of Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, and Greece. This ancient culture, which existed around 10,000 years ago created the so-called Vinča symbols, which some believe are the earliest form of proto-writing. The Vinča culture also provides the earliest known example of copper metallurgy.
But despite received heavy criticism from ‘mainstream experts’, Osmanagic and his team have pursued their goal firmly. As a Bosnian, Osmanagic surely isn’t interested in destroying the rich history of the countries culture, and according to many, his only goal is to reveal an even richer history of not only the country he comes from but the ancient people that once inhabited these parts of Europe.