When I was beginning my research on pyramids, I wanted to get a feel for how many pyramids existed across all of the continents (easier said than done). When looking into pyramids in Europe, I discovered that pyramids had not begun to be discovered there until about a decade ago, and even then, their existence in Europe are heatedly debated. One such example of a heated is-it-a-pyramid-or-not debate regards a pyramid (or not) in Bosnia, called the Pyramid of the Sun by its discoverer, Semir Osmangic. When I googled about this, the results at first glance were so conclusively anti-pyramid that I almost didn’t keep looking.
Semir Osmangic made claims that a series of natural hills in Bosnia are actually man-made pyramids that predate the Egyptian pyramids, and he began excavations in 2006. If Osmangic manages to prove his claim, it could throw our understanding of our ancient past upside down and prove that advanced civilizations existed in the area long before we had realized. This has brought a lot of tourism, notoriety, and money to Bosnia. Wikipedia fervently declares the whole endeavor a hoax and cite many, many experts claiming there is no evidence of human construction involved. A lot was said that seemed to be an effort to discredit Osmangic.
“In October 2005, Osmanagić and his supporters initiated a long-running media campaign to promote the pseudo-scientific belief that Visočica hill and the surrounding hills are not flatirons, but an ancient pyramid complex. In an interview with Philip Coppens in Nexus (April–May 2006), Osmanagić suggested that they were most likely constructed by the Illyrians, who (according to Osmanagić) lived in the area from 12,000 BC to 500 BC. He has since argued that the hill is an example of cultures building on top of other cultures. In 2017 he was reported to have claimed that the structures date back 34,000 years.” (“Bosnian Pyramid Claims,” n.d.)
“Osmanagić claims to have discovered ‘standing waves’ at the top of the largest of the hills; waves which he asserts travel faster than light and prove the existence of a ‘cosmic internet’ which allows for intergalactic communication. He is also an advocate of the ancient astronaut hypothesis, and believes that human beings are the product of genetic engineering.” (“Bosnian Pyramid Claims,” n.d.)
“One of his former employees, Nadija Nukić, told a Bosnian newspaper that carvings on stones that Osmanagić characterizes as dating from ancient times were not present when the stones were first uncovered but were later inscribed by his team, an accusation that Osmanagić has denied.” (“Bosnian Pyramid Claims,” n.d.)
“Osmanagić’s claims that the Mayan civilization originated in Atlantis or the Pleiades constellation.” (“Bosnian Pyramid Claims,” n.d.)
The truth about the Pyramid of the Sun and the other hills in Bosnia, however, upon further inspection does not seem so easy to come by as the internet and news sites make it seem.
It is debated whether they are man-made or a natural occurrence, but big blocks have been found at the pyramid site which are said by some to be composite and similar to a geopolymer concrete (“Bosnian Pyramid Claims”, n.d.).
It appears that Osmanagic and teams of volunteer excavators have come upon some interesting evidence. They discovered the Ravne tunnels, a series of tunnels that seem to connect the pyramids/hills in question. What was the purpose of these tunnels? When were they dated to? Different theories suggest the Ravne tunnels as evidence that the hills are actually man-made pyramids, but it remains inconclusive (“Bosnian Pyramid Claims,” n.d.).
Interestingly, reported on in 2016 (Oswego), Osmanagic’s team made a discovery in Bosnia woods of a giant sphere, maybe close to 10 feet in diameter, made up of currently unanalyzed materials, perhaps mostly iron and weighing in at possibly 30 tons. Osmanagic seems to see this as evidence that there were ancient civilizations in the area. It seems comparable to big spheres found in Costa Rica which also remain a mystery. Others wonder if the Bosnian sphere could be a natural occurrence.
Regarding the sphere, Osmanagic is quoted as saying,
“First, it would be another proof that Southern Europe, Balkan and Bosnia in particular, were home for advanced civilizations from distant past and we have no written records about them. Secondly, they had high technology, different than ours. Finally, they knew the power of geometrical shapes, because the sphere is one of the most powerful shapes along with pyramidal and conical shapes. No wonder, that pyramids and tumulus phenomena can also be found in Bosnia.” (Oswego, 2016, p. 6)
Check out the Bosnian stone sphere in the video below.
Do you think the Bosnian pyramids are really man-made or a hoax? Is this evidence of a technologically advanced civilization that predates our current understanding of history?
Oswego, N. (2016, April 17). Archaeologist sees Bosnian stone sphere as the most massive on earth. Retrieved from https://phys.org
Bosnian pyramid claims. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/Bosnian_Pyramid_Claims
Woodard, C. (2009, December). The mystery of Bosnia’s ancient pyramids. Retrieved from https://smithsonianmag.com