Sunday, September 24, 2006

New Information on the Bosnian Pyramids

Via Archaeoblog, I just saw this update on the Bosnian Pyramids. The area was recently visited by Dr. Robert Schoch of Boston University and he reported his observations here. Unfortunately, I don't know much about Robert Schoch, other than he is a geologist/geophysicist by training. He also apparently thinks the Sphinx is pre-Dynastic in age; I don't know enough about his views on the subject to comment. However, his expertise in geology served him well on the visit to the Bosnian Pyramid...apparently Semir Osmanagic has the same problems interpreting geologic formations as these guys have. It seems pretty clear that the supposed hewn blocks of stone at the Bosnian Pyramid are nothing more than natural sandstone formations:

Where he [Osmanagic] saw concrete blocks and human intervention, I saw only perfectly natural sandstones and conglomerates that had broken into larger or smaller blocks due both to tectonic stresses and gravity slumping...

The rocks have been tilted and bent due to tectonic stresses. The tectonic forces plastically deformed the clays and mudstones, but the sandstones and conglomerates broke into semi-regularly shaped pieces that Osmanagic and his team have excavated in numerous places, interpreting them as “pavements,” “terraces,” “concrete blocks,” “foundation stones,”
and so forth.


As for the supposed "ancient inscriptions", Schoch had a much better explanation:
The much-touted “ancient inscriptions” seem not to be ancient at all. I was told by a reliable source that the inscriptions were not there when members of the “pyramid team” initially entered the tunnels less than two years ago. The “ancient inscriptions” had been added since,
perhaps non-maliciously, or perhaps as a downright hoax.

I applaud Osmanagic for allowing Schoch to visit, although I'm sure the good doctor's conclusions were not what Osmanagic wanted. Too often, the details of high profile discoveries are kept hidden, discussed by "experts" outside the fields of study actually required for critical analysis, but sold to an uncritical media as authentic - when that happens, rest assured someone let the skunk in the door and is trying to convince everyone that it's a kitten. Whenever an individual, group of people or organization is afraid to have qualified experts in appropriate fields evaluate their discoveries, or fail to offer detailed, well written reports on what was discovered, or fail to share their data with colleagues...well, you can bet something fraudulent is afoot.

2 comments:

Amir said...
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Amir said...

I've read an interesting article on http://www.bosnian-pyramid.net
about the corners of the pyramid. It would be an easy way to proof
quickly the existence, but they dig near the corners but not the
corners. Then they've dug something on the top of it, but not the
top!? I've seen some pictures on that really let me think again about
this whole thing. Every day I believe less in this mystery.