Bosnian “pyramids”: Real or a hoax?

Bosnia, history, pyramids, hoax, controversy, tourism, travel, archaeology

Town and spiked hills experience tourism boom
Residents of the town of Visoko, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a 30-minute drive north of Sarajevo, are benefitting from a tourist boom sparked by what some believe are the world’s largest set of pyramids.
The idea is, of course, a controversial one. The ‘pyramids’ are “spiked hills overgrown with foliage and layers of dirt piled high over tens of thousands of years,” this RFE/RL article writes.
The claim by archaeologist Semir Osmanagic is 10 years old but is gaining an increasing band of followers. He claims the hills are several large pyramids, set around the former medieval capital of Bosnia.
Osmanagic believes the hills are 30,000-year-old structures dwarfing the pharaohs’ pyramids in Egypt. Other prominent archaeologists call it a pyramid-sized hoax. But attitudes are changing.
“In the beginning, 90% of the people were against the project. But now we can say it’s about 50-50,” claims Nedzad Secerovic, who has been making what he calls a “proper living” from selling souvenirs for 11 years. “We used to laugh at Osmanagic, we thought he was crazy. Now we’re treating him with more and more respect.”
A Bosnian Indiana Jones, Osmanagic says there are three main pyramids, including what he calls the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun, which is aligned almost perfectly with the Northern Star, like other pyramids around the world. He has found blocks at seven excavation sites that are consistent, he says, with concrete that has a higher quality than what you’d find at today’s building sites.
RFE/RL


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