Assessing the Authenticity of the “Bosnian Pyramids”

According to Semir Osmanagic, a self-educated archeologist and so called “pyramid expert”, the oldest and largest pyramid in the world is over 12,000 years old and is located just outside the Bosnian village of Visoko. Osmanagic also claims to have found between 5 and 9 other pyramids in the same area. He quickly named the largest of the group “the Pyramid of the Sun” and in April 2006 started to excavate.

Osmanagic claims that a group of international archeologist helped to dig the site and he and his team did find many interesting things; such as paving stones and an extensive underground tunnel complex. Almost needless to say, Osmanagic has no support for his digs from the scientific archaeology community. It seemed that Osmanagic’s excavation all but destroyed legitimate archeological finds such as a medieval fort named Visoki, some Roman ruins and older sites built by the Illyriians. In fact, the European Association of Archaeologists put out an official statement regarding the so-called “pyramid project” which reads in part: “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” and further: “This scheme is a cruel hoax on an unsuspecting public and has no place in the world of genuine science.”

As Carl Sagan said, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. So the burden of proof is on Osmanagic. His evidence consisted mostly of photos and videos and the so-called finds have many alternative explanations. For example, Osmanagic’s evidence of the extensive tunnels is an old mine shaft 3 kilometers from Visoica and a local newspaper story about children entering a tunnel on one hill than coming out on another hill. So far, no one has found that tunnel.

As to Osmanagic’s international team of scientists, he said: “our team include experienced archaeologists such as Richard Royce from Australia and Allyson McDavid from U.S. . . “

Royce Richards, not Richard Royce, of Australia called the project “snake oil” and “bollocks”. Allyson McDavid has nothing to do with the project and is an artist, not an archeologist.

A Dr. Ali Barakat from Egypt visited the site, he had been “sent by Cairo” and that he was an “expert in pyramids”. Dr. Zahi Hawass, Chief Egypt’s Supreme Council for Antiquities, said of Dr. Barakat: “knows nothing about Egyptian pyramids. He was not sent by the SCA, and we do not support or concur with his statements.”

While it is, of course impossible, to prove that the hill is NOT a pyramid. The burden of proof is on Osmanagic and he has failed to provide any real evidence of his claims.


Harding, Anthony. “The Great Bosnian Pyramid Scheme.” British Archaeology. 1 Jan. 2007, Issue 92.

Schoch, Dr. Robert. “The Bosnian Pyramid Phenomenon.” The New Archaeology Review. 1 Sep. 2006, Volume 1, Issue 8: Pages 16-17.


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