Pyramid-mania has taken hold of this small Bosnian town as residents seek to cash in on claims by an archaeologist that it may host Europe’s only ancient pyramid.”Our expectation are high. This could be our oil well,” Vehab Halilovic, who has started carving pyramids on wooden souvenirs like flutes and pipes.
No pyramids are known in Europe, and there are no records of any ancient civilization on the continent ever attempting to build one.
However, Bosnian archaeologist Semir Osmanagic _ who has spent the last 15 years studying the pyramids of Latin America _ claimed last year that there is evidence of one here in his Balkan homeland and conducted some research on the site. He plans to carry out new excavations this week on a hill overlooking Visoko that may definitively prove or disprove his theory. Osmanagic says the hill has four perfectly shaped slopes pointing toward the cardinal points, a flat top and an entrance complex.
Under layers of dirt, Osmanagic found a paved entrance plateau, underground tunnels and stone blocks. Osmanagic believes the hill was shaped by the Illyrian people, who inhabited the Balkan peninsula long before Slavic tribes conquered it around A.D. 600. Little is known about the Illyrians, but Osmanagic thinks they were more sophisticated than many experts have suggested. -cbs