May 17, 2006

Egyptian lends credence to Bosnia pyramid claim

By Daria Sito-Sucic

VISOKO, Bosnia (Reuters) - An Egyptian geologist said on
Wednesday that a hill in central Bosnia appeared to be a
primitive man-made pyramid of uncertain age.

Geologist Aly Abd Barakat was sent by Egypt's government to
join the local team researching what Bosnian-born amateur
archaeologist Semir Osmanagic says are three 12,000-year-old
pyramids -- the Bosnian Pyramids of Sun, Moon and Dragon.

"In my opinion, it is a type of pyramid, probably primitive
pyramid...(that) we did not know until now," Barakat told
reporters at the dig on the northeastern side of Visocica hill,
where huge stone blocks have been found.

"It is difficult for nature to create blocks like this and
oriented in one orientation," he said, pointing to compact
polished blocks.

He added that sand layers between the blocks were the same
type of artificial cement used in ancient Egyptian pyramids.

Barakat said detailed study was needed to determine the age
of the excavated blocks and the type of the material used, and
said more Egyptian archaeologists would join the team in

Osmanagic's theory about pyramids in Bosnia has been
denounced by local and European archaeologists, who say that
ancient civilizations in Europe lived in caves and could not
build such structures.

But the U.S.-based researcher has invited skeptics to come
to Bosnia.

"They say that civilizations could not build such objects.
I say -- here is an object, and I invite them to come and find
out from which period it dates," he told Reuters at the site.

Osmanagic has announced the existence of two more
pyramid-shaped objects in the Visoko valley, some 30 km (18
miles) north of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.