Editor in Chief of The Oslo Times, Hatef Mokhtar meets with the Bosnian Archaeologist, Dr. Osmanagich.
“Almost everything they tell us about ancient history is wrong”. This is a direct quote from Sam Osmanagich, PhD. Dr. Osmanagich is the lead archaeologist for the research and exploration being conducted in Visoko, Bosnia concerning a curious phenomenon – extremely large, and mostly unexcavated, pyramids. Dr. Osmanagich asserts that the Bosnian town of Visoko has its own ‘valley of the pyramids’ and that they represent the largest complex of pyramidal structures in the world. According to Dr. Osmanagich, these structures consist of the Pyramid of the Sun with a height of over 220 meters (which is larger than the Cheops Pyramid), the Pyramid of the Moon (190 meters in height), the Pyramid of the Bosnian Dragon (90 meters in height), Temple of Mother Earth and the Pyramid of Love. Claimed facts Dr. Osmanagich’s claim that these are actually pyramids is ambitious. What facts does he have to support this assertion? Here are a few that he specifically mentions:
- The pyramids of the Sun, Moon and Dragon all form a perfect equilateral triangle each with a distance of 2,170 meters between the tops.
- All of the pyramids are facing toward due north.
- Geo-radar and thermal analysis clearly identified passageways and chambers inside the pyramids.
- Sample analyses of the rectangular blocks from the Pyramid of the Sun, conducted at institutes for material in Bosnia, Italy and France reveal that they were man-made concrete blocks of very high quality.
- Radio carbon dating conducted in Bosnia in 2006, with further dating conducted in Poland in 2011, revealed that the pyramids were built over 12,000 years ago. To back this up, the Bosnian Federal Institute of Pedology found that the layers of soil covering the Pyramid of the Sun is over 12,000 years old, and that radio carbon dating on the organic material used as construction material on the Pyramid of the Moon dates back 12,350 years.
- There is an underground labyrinth that is tens of kilometers long and contains passageways, chambers and artificial lakes
- During the First International Scientific Conference on the Bosnian Valley in 2008, 55 leading scientists from 13 countries stated that the Bosnian pyramids were a phenomenon that needed more research, with the second Scientific Conference in 2011 going a step further saying that history books would have to be changed due to the continuing research and discovery of the Visoko pyramids.
Dr. OsmanagichThe above points are general to the entire excavation site. There are further interesting factoids that Dr. Osmanagich provides where it concerns the Pyramid of the Sun which deserve special mention. Some of these include that the structure has a normal pyramidal structure with three preserved sides and is covered with rectangular blocks, which, according to the Institutes for Materials from Bosnia-Herzagovina (2006-2008) and the Politecnico di Torino from Italy (2009) are made from the highest quality concrete material. In addition, the State Institute for Geodesy (2006) claims the northern side of the structure faces due north almost perfectly with the slopes of the pyramid’s sides to the base at a perfect 45 degrees. Furthermore, in 2007, using geo-radar instruments, German geophysicists confirmed the existence of inner passageways that are highly unlikely to occur on the nature world. But probably the most fascinating supposed aspect of this pyramid is that in 2010, again according to Dr. Osmanagich, a team of Croatian physicists detected the existence of an energy beam emanating through the top of the pyramid itself, which has a radius of 4.5 meters. Further evidence of this energy was confirmed by Italian, Finnish and Serbian scientists (2011-2012) who measured ultrasound, infrasound and electromagnetic fields of strange origin emanating from the top of the pyramid. Controversy These are all highly intriguing points. But who is Dr. Osmanagich and what authority does he have to question well establish conventional archaeological wisdom? At first glace, his credentials are impressive – an Anthropology professor at the American University in Bosnia, Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Member of the Archeological Society of Alexandria, and a PhD in Mayan Studies. Digging a little deeper, however, there is some controversy surrounding Dr. Osmanagich. Seven leading European archaeologists have issued a European Association of Archaeologists declaration stating: “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.” The names of the signatures on the Declaration are impressive:
- Hermann Parzinger, President of German Archaeological Institute in Berlin
- Willem Willems, Inspector General of Rijksinspectie Archeologie in den Hague
- Jean-Paul Demoule, President of 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
- Mike Heyworth, Director of the Council for British Archaeology in York
In addition, there are experts within the field of geology who state that these “pyramids” are actually a natural occurrence. On May 8th 2006, a field of academics led by Professor Dr. Sejfudin Vrabac from the University of Tuzla, concluded that the hill of the supposed pyramid is a natural geological formation. Professor Vrabac also stated that there are many other similar formations in the Sarajevo-Zenica area. All this controversy does not stop Dr. Osmanagich. He provides a very passionate counter-argument questioning the very credibility of the academic community itself, as well as the credibility of various governments, whom he claims, are in a state of denial. He points, as evidence of this, to several places around the continent of Africa, which include Sicily, the Canary Islands and Mauritius. He presents photos of what any rational person could clearly identify are man-made structures, of various sizes, in the shapes of pyramids. According to Dr. Osmanagich, when he has approached local governments and academic communities about these pyramids, their response has been that these are not pyramids, rather piles of rocks place there by local farmers to open lands for agriculture. Again, when viewing photos of these structure, the assertion that they are simply piles of rocks is an affront to any critical thinking individual. Why the denial? Dr. Osmanagich claims that the academic and scientific communities are afraid of having to change their entire concept of human history and that there is a natural human resistance to this.
In the interest of our shared human history, and for the sake of scientific discovery, it is the opinion of this publication that until conclusive, peer-reviewed evidence is provided by the scientific community that undeniably refutes Dr. Osmanagich’s claim, the exploration and excavation of the areas surrounding the supposed pyramids in Visoko should receive more healthy funding, research and discussion, both from the Bosnian government and the international community.
During Dr. Osmanagich’s recent presentation in Oslo, he appeared intellectual and charismatic. In our century he is one of the best archaeologists alive, yet without as many opportunities as he deserves, presumably due to his theories that defy conventional wisdom. He was a good listener with a passionate approach to life. Personally, Dr. Osmanagich is a spiritual man with the values of humanity at heart. All rights reserved by The Oslo Times