Sunday, May 28, 2006

Pyramids and Superstars

The pyramids gained a lot of media attention over the last few weeks and Semir is turning into some kind of superstar. People already call him 'Uncle Sam'.

Photo: Peter Miletits

Another superstar from Bosnia, singer Hari Mata Hari, the third place winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, is talking about the pyramids in an exclusive interview with Butterflies and Bunnyrabbits.

Text/Photos by Robert Huttinger

Pyramid Souvenirs

Want to buy a pyramid? Come to Visoko.

Text/Photos by Robert Huttinger

Archeologists at Work

Geologist Nadja Nukic talks about the pyramids in an interview with Butterflies and Bunnyrabbits.

Archeologist Silvana Cobanov talking about the sand stones with Egyptian Geologist Ali Berekat.

Archeologist Silvana Cobanov pointing out artificial structures at the excavation site.

Stone tiles put to the side for further examination.

The new sondes show further proof of man shaped stone blocks.

Text/Photos by Robert Huttinger

Footprints and Fossiles discovered

Fossiles were recently discovered on the stone blocks at the pyramid of the sun.

One of the stone blocks features a footprint-like texture, resembling the shoeprint which Neil Armstrong left on the moon. "A small step for man, a giant leap for mankind"?

Text/Photos by Robert Huttinger

Pyramid of the Moon Excavations

The excavations at the pyramid of the moon revealed some really interesting stone blocks.

Text/Photos by Robert Huttinger

Monday, May 15, 2006

Moon pyramid excavations started

15 May 2006

Semir Osmanagic is back to Visoko.
Now excavations at the bottom of the so called Moon Pyramid has started and beautiful stone tiles have been found (see foundation homepage for fotos).
The latest sondage at the sun pyramid has uncovered even more and better stone layers. Documentation of the ongoing excavations can be found in bosnian and english on both home pages and blogs.

There is a new sensational post on the internet; a possible 4th pyramid in Maglaja, where the stone spheres have been found recently.

Superbosna Website

Land price has risen to astronomical heights.
Before the pyramid was discovered the price per squaremeter was EU 2.-. Now landowners ask up to EU 50.-/m². Even arabic investors have come to Visoko to check the possibility of building a hotel, it is told in town.
Visoko will be boomtown shortly.

posted by Gabriela Lukacs

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Breccia stone layers

This is an interview with Dr.Stjepan Coric, a bosnian sedimentologist, working at the Austrian head office of geology in Vienna. I showed him a piece of the breccia stones from the excavations of the northern side of Visocica hill.

Dr.Coric can you analize this piece of stone from Visocica hill?

This is breccia as can be found on top of Visocica hill, formed in the Myocene appr.7 Mill.years ago when the Sarajevo-Zenica plain was filled with sweet water. The surrounding hills are non volcanic but sedimentary. The breccia is rather rough with larger pieces of crashed and also round stones pressed together with sand as cement. Some parts show erosion from water diffusing through the layers of soil and grass which are covering the breccia.

When have you been to Visoko and the Visocica hill?

I have studied and cartographed the area in March 2006 before excavations started and could not find major beccia quarries in the vicinity. This observation leads me to the conclusion that the breccia was built by nature in situ, which leads to the next conclusion that Visocica hill as a whole is consisting of breccia. Except the plateau on the west side, which is consisting of sandstone slabs and came down from the mountains by a nature cataclism.

But these sandstone slabs are rectangular with 90°edges?

Sandstone comes in every shape and size and therefore cannot be defined as man made just by its rectangular or square shape.

Also the breccia appears cut and is placed on top of the hill surface in a 45°angle?

Nature can lift or shift breccia plates in any degree. We need to be very careful with our expertise.

When will you be back to Visoko for further investigation?

I will be back by end of June

What exactly will you be investigating?

1.Where is the breccia stone quarry?
2.Is there statistically significant appearence of certain stone slab sizes?
3.What is the size and shape of the breccia stone layers found at the 5 sondages?
4.What is underneath the breccia plates?
5.Are the tunnels natural caves or abandoned mining tunnels?

Can you give us a statement whether this is a pyramid or not?

At this point there is just not enough evidence to make a clear statement for a serious geologist. We need more data, more excavations, more investigations.
I would be happy if I could say this is a pyramid, no doubt, but at this point it is too early.
Interview with Dr.Coric by Mag.Gabriela Lukacs/Vienna.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

What will be left?

"And if it's not a pyramid, then we make one.", said a man from Visoko after we asked him what he thinks of the pyramid shaped hill.

It’s about time for really good news, finally, coming out of a country, that went through one of the most devastating wars in the second half of the 20th century. Many people have lost their lives and an entire country the faith in ever living with dignity again. Over 600.000 landmines are spread all across Bosnia-Herzegovina and the task of disarming them is about as daunting and equally difficult as the Bosnian peoples search for a better future.

When people return home from long journeys, they bring back little gifts for their families and friends. And Semir Osmanagic, after having spent the last 15 years researching ancient civilizations and pyramids all around the world, brought back home something very special. Not only he might have discovered a pyramid in Bosnia, which in itself is a symbol for energy, he also brought with him the very essence of life. Hope - for the people of Bosnia - and hope for the entire planet.

Civilisations are fragile objects. Often, when they reach their highest point, they fail. Even our own civilisation, over the course of the last few centuries, was many times on the verge to forever disappear from the face of this planet. The discovery of a pyramid built a long time ago, should remind us of the fragile status of our own civilisation. With discoveries like these, comes responsibility. The planet belongs to us all and we all belong to the planet. Civilisations come and go, technology advances and regresses, and people still lose the focus on things that really matter by feeding their egos with superficial desires. We need to finally ‘learn to learn’ from history, world history that is. Think about it - the average CD-Rom lasts a few dozen years, modern concrete lasts a few hundred years at best.

What will be left from our culture for future civilisations to discover?

Text/Photos by Robert Huttinger and Hutan Vahdani

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Stone blocks on the northern side of the hill

2 new excavation sites have just been started at the northern part of the hill. These photos show the giant stone blocks found on that side.

Answer to the critics

May 2 2006 Answer to the critics

People keep going to Visoko to help and be part of this unique and gigantic project. This discovery has already changed the image we all have from Bosnia.
There are great people working together hand in hand, with shovel and brush cleaning stones from aeons of dirt, bringing forth a culture with achievements we cannot even image, let alone copy.

No wonder the mainstream archaeologists cannot accept the fact that there is a pyramid under our feet. Built from scratch. With huge breccia stone-plates, neatly put together, over various layers of enormous stoneblocks. A pyramid of 220m height, being the tallest man made construction in the world – so far.
Made by people who did not leave us a written note about it.

The mainstream archaeologists claim their right to investigate the place for Illyrian remains, before this “wild excavation of Mr.O” is allowed to destroy the roman ruins and medieval walls.

Pls.come to Visoko and check yourself that everything is documented carefully. There is a live camera on site for your convenience! And once you are in Visoko pls. go to the local museum. Director Senad will be more than happy to show you hundreds of boxes filled with 24.000 pieces of archaeological excavation done by the german university of Kiel in 2005 in Okoliste near Visoko (see link below for further investigation). The boxes fill the hallway of the museum and need to be analized, documented, mapped, screened and put together. This is the time and place to show your concern, if you really mean it. At least 24.000 objects have been rescued for your qualified studies.

Posted by Gabriela Lukacs, first volunteer in Visoko 11 April 2006

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Monday, May 01, 2006

Labour Day Weekend

May 1st 2006

It is raining all weekend. Still visitors come by the thousands. Bringing cakes and fruit for the volunteers. 12.000 came last weekend, that is more than the Gizah pyramids see in one month!
Vispak sponsors coffee in a giant coffee pot, the largest in the world. And pyramid chocolate is free for everyone. A weekend house has turned into a caffe on top of the pyramid entrance plateau.

Miss Samra Koricic, a charming Bosnian lady, is the person in charge for the volunteer program. Pls. read her letter for volunteers, which I posted previously. She writes the daily articles into the foundation website (see link), but only in bosnian language. (see foto below: Samra and the coffee pot)
The fotos on the foundation website are made by Nadir Cukurija, the foundation`s official fotografer.
Ask for professional fotos if you are press or media.

Text and fotos by Gabriela Lukacs / Vienna