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Spherical rock in Bosnia stirs controversy

An infamous would-be archaeologist is at it again, suggesting that some unique rock formations he has discovered in present day Bosnia, are proof of an ancient civilization that thrived there 1,500 years ago.

Spherical rock in Bosnia stirs controversy
Suad Keserovic cleans a stone ball in Podubravlje village near Zavidovici, 
Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 11, 2016 [Credit: Reuters/Dado Ruvic]
Semir Osmanagic has been combing the hills around Visocica since 2005 claiming the surrounding mountains were part of a giant collection of pyramids that he says could be 15,000 years old.

Since then he has been digging around the mountains but not turning up any archaeologically accepted proof of his claims.

His latest "find" is a large, spherical rock found in a Bosnian forest that he says could be the oldest such rock ever made by humans.

The rock is about 1.4 meters across and he says it has a very high amount of iron content.

Natural formation?

Scientists who have seen the rock say it is likely a natural formation and not a human construct.

But Osmanagic has received plenty of support and funding from the Bosnian government, and he is something of a celebrity in the area.

But to the archaeological world he is a dangerous charlatan.

Anthony Harding, the president of the European Association of Archaeologists called his claims “a total absurdity,” according to The Telegraph.

"There is some genuine archaeology on the hill and I'm told it's medieval, possibly Bronze Age or Roman,” he said. “But the speculation that there could be a 12,000-year-old structure beneath is a complete fantasy and anyone with basic knowledge of archaeology or history should recognize that."

In an open letter written ten years ago, a group of scholars denounced Osmanagic that "... disgracefully, threatens to destroy parts of Bosnia's real heritage."

Still, its unlikely Osmanagic will stop pushing his theories or digging in the region.

The sphere is receiving similar scrutiny.

Mandy Edwards of the University of Manchester's School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences told The Daily Mail that the rock might not even be man-made but could have been formed by"precipitation of natural mineral cement within the spaces between sediment grains,” called concretion.

Source: VOA News [April 12, 2016]
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5 comments :

  1. Don't get why they have to dismiss and insult the man. Arrogance, infinite arrogance of the scientific community. To hell with such attitude. Respect the man.

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  2. ..this is a great discovery , it would be nice to see scientist work together to explain the unknowns on this planet....I wonder if this item is attached at its base to anything, or just a free rolling glob of minerals...very nice and interesting discovery..

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  3. Yes, definitely respect the man for his claim because those rock spheres are not only found in Bosnia but they are all over the globe! South America is just one many places with such spherical rocks. The pyramid underneath is different story, however, until it is actually found or some irrefutable evidence shows up. Peesonally, I believe it is evident that those rock spheres are definitely man made.

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  4. Can someone tell me WHY exactly WHY everyone is seemingly rallying to take down Semir Osmanagic? I've been deeply exploring the possibility of Antediluvian civilization(s) for the last 2 yrs. I am simply a layman, and I must say Ok, Semir DOES seem OVER enthusiastic, a little more dramatic about things, and a bit boisterous. BUT, does THAT make him a charlatan?
    Yes, his opinions are different, however Graham Hancock has different views, and he's HUGELY popular. John Anthony West, Robert Bahvaul (sp?) Robert Schoch has VERY different views (Sphinx 12-25,000 yrs old) And all of them are not treated this way.
    I'm not sure why all the "academics" can't allow someone with a different opinion to just be. WHY go to such LENGTHS to take down a man! I'm not saying I am a HUGE Semir fan, I have been observing the Bosnian Pyramid situation to see what will become of it. BUT, in this instance, COME ON If it looks like a sphere, feels like a sphere..... REALLY people?!?!?!?
    The article says, the sphere may be made by mother nature! I read that concretion CAN happen to make spheres, in certain SEA conditions. But I don't think Bosnia was in the sea, at that height, and if it were, I am sure it wasn't long enough to make a ball THAT large so close to the surface. (Are you gonna tell me mother Nature PUSHED the ball up too?) If the exact sphere was found in Costa Rica everyone would scream WOW another Ancient Sphere!! And I am pretty sure Costa Rica has had conditions to make spheres! Come on!
    What I find funny the most about this type of crap, is all these people spend so much time denouncing someone who isn't walking the established line, YET... Everyone KISSED Zahi Hawass' REAR END. I THINK the world is starting to figure out HE was the GRAND MASTER CHARLATAN! I fear that the games he played and things he DID have probably set back the entire history of Egypt and the field of Egyptology for MANY years to come. Sure, he was a cute snugly funny "face" for Egypt, and I don't dispute he DID do a lot to increase awareness of Egypt's past. BUT, what can we ACTUALLY believe of what he "found" and the claims he made? In my opinion... HE is the one people SHOULD be yelling about!!
    As for Semir; If I were trying to represent my war torn country that has been destroyed over and over again the last few hundred years, and I met the same concerted effort by people who live and work in the countries that meddled in my countries past causing the current socioeconomic conditions that they have, I may be boisterous, dramatic, and I would be much MORE than enthusiastic!

    Honestly can someone PLEASE give me a fair non biased reason WHY Semir should NOT be at least listened to? Why these pyramids MAY not exist, and of course... HOW is this ACTUALLY a natural formation?

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