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Amateur archaeologist Semir Osmanagic, rear right, points to the geometrically cut stone blocks at the excavation on Visocica Hill on Wednesday.

    Scientists begin dig at Bosnian pyramid 
    Updated: 8:00 a.m. ET April 20, 2006

    VISOKO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Researchers in Bosnia on Wednesday unearthed the first solid evidence that an
    ancient pyramid lies hidden beneath a massive hill — a series of geometrically cut stone slabs that could form part
    of the structure's sloping surface.

    Archaeologists and other experts began digging into the sides of the mysterious hill near the central Bosnian town of
    Visoko last week.  On Wednesday, the digging revealed large stone blocks on one side that the leader of the team
     believes are the outer layer of the pyramid.

    "These are the first uncovered walls of the pyramid," said Semir Osmanagic, a Bosnian archaeologist who studied
     the pyramids of Latin America for 15 years.

     Osmanagic said Wednesday's discovery significantly bolsters his theory that the 2,120-foot hill rising above the small
     town of Visoko is actually a step pyramid — the first found in Europe.

    "We can see the surface is perfectly flat.  This is the crucial material proof that we are talking pyramids," he said.

    Osmanagic believes the structure itself is a colossal 722 feet high, or a third taller than Egypt's Great Pyramid of
    Giza.  The huge stone blocks discovered Wednesday appear to be cut in cubes and polished.

    "It is so obvious that the top of the blocks, the surface is man made," Osmanagic said.  He plans to continue the work
     throughout the summer, "after which the pyramid will be visible," he said.

     Earlier research on the hill, known as Visocica, found that it has perfectly shaped, 45-degree slopes pointing toward
     the cardinal points, and a flat top.  Under layers of dirt, workers discovered a paved entrance plateau, entrances to
     tunnels and large stone blocks.

     Satellite photographs and thermal imaging revealed two other, smaller pyramid-shaped hills in the Visoko Valley.

     Last week's excavations began with a team of rescue workers from a nearby coal mine being sent into a tunnel
     believed to be part of an underground network connecting the three pyramid-shaped hills.

     They were followed by archeologists, geologists and other experts who emerged from the tunnel later to declare that
      it was certainly man-made.

     The work will continue for about six months at the site just outside Visoko, about 20 miles northwest of the capital,
     Sarajevo.  Two experts from Egypt are due to join the team in mid-May.

    "It will be a very exciting archaeological spring and summer," Osmanagic said.

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Australian in Bosnia pyramid recovery

     January 20, 2006 - 7:39AM

    Australian archaeologist Royce Richards is among a team preparing to look for the truth behind a theory that Bosnia-
    Herzegovina has an ancient pyramid.

    Archaeologists from Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, and Slovenia will begin excavation work in April on the 
    Visocica hill, 32 kilometres north-west of Sarajevo.

    The hill is quite symmetrical, and the theory that it was once a pyramid is supported by preliminary investigations.

    If true, it would rewrite world history, putting Europe alongside South America and of course Egypt as homes of ancient 

    Bosnian Semir Osmanagic put forward his theory last year that a 100 metre geometrically-shaped hill with evenly shaped 
    sides and corners that point north, south, east and west is an ancient man-made edifice.

    Osmanagic, who has spent 15 years studying the pyramids of the Americas is convinced the hill is a genuine man-made 
    pyramid from an ancient civilization.

    His preliminary excavations shows what he believes is evidence that the earth has been shaped to form a pyramid and 
    covered in prehistoric concrete and stone blocks.

    "We have already dug out stone blocks which I believe are covering the pyramid," Osmanagic said.

    "We found a paved entrance plateau and discovered underground tunnels.

     "You don't have to be an expert to realise what this is."

     Osmanagic's assertions have been supported by experts studying aerial and satellite images.

     Theorists believe the Illyrian people who inhabited the Balkan region before the conquering Slavic tribes overran them 
     about 1,400 years ago had the sophistication to shape a hill into a pyramid.

     Excavation work to test Osmanagic's theory will begin on April 14 in the Visoko region and is expected to continue until 
     October and the rugged mountainous area has become an archaeological park.

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     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.

     According to BBC, the leading Bosnian newspaper “Dnevni Avaz” writes:

“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.

           Watch Reuters TV-report at Politiken.

       This entry was posted Thursday, October 27th, 2005


       Semir Osmanagic, a hobby archaeologist, stands in front of the Visocica hill near Visoko, some 30 km (18 miles)
       north of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, Thursday, April 13, 2006. Osmanagic researched the pyramids in South
      America and claims a step pyramid with a flat top could be hidden underneath the hill. Archaeologists and other
      experts began digging on the sides of the mysterious hill near the central Bosnian town of Visoko last week.
      The pit workers on the hill revealed Wednesday April 19, 2006 geometrical stone blocks on one side, which
      Semir Osmanagic, the leader of the team, claims are the outer layer of the pyramid. "These are the first
      uncovered walls of the pyramid," said Osmanagic, who studied Latin American pyramids for 15 years and who
      proposed the theory that the 650-meter (2,120-foot) mound rising above the small town of Visoko is actually a
      step pyramid _ the first such found in Europe. "We can see the surface is perfectly flat. This is the crucial
      material proof that we are talking pyramids," he said. (AP Photo/Hidajet Delic)




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