blocks may be part of Europe’s first step
Researchers said on Wednesday
they have found geometrically cut stone blocks
covering a central Bosnian hill that a hobby
archaeologist claims is a pyramid.
Archaeologists and other experts
began digging on the sides of the mysterious
hill near the central Bosnian town of Visoko.
The hill revealed geometrical stone blocks on
one side that Semir Osmanagic, the leader of
the team, claims are the outer layer of the
“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 650m 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. The huge
stone blocks 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 works throughout
the summer, “after which the pyramid will be
visible”, he said.
The 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
that might be part of a pyramid’s outer surface.
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
three pyramidal-shaped hills.
They were followed by archaeologists,
geologists and other experts who emerged from
the tunnel later to declare that it was certainly
The work will continue for about
six months at the site just outside Visoko,
about 30km north-west of the capital, Sarajevo.
Two experts from Egypt are due to join the team
“It will be a very exciting archaeological
spring and summer,” Osmanagic said. Computer
rendering of the Bosnian Sun Pyramid