The Bosnian “Pyramids”

Back in 2006 when news of newly discovered pyramids was reported in Bosnia, I remember checking out the tiny photograph of the angular, foliage covered hills, then shrugging my shoulders and moving on.  It seems that amateur archaeologists have continued the investigation of these hills, and have posted the results on Flickr.

They are really lovely photographs of more (pseudo)archaeologist-made archaeology–that is, naturally occurring geological formations dug in such a way to suggest “real” archaeological remains.  The thing is, I am also a geology nerd (if you couldn’t tell by my photographs of the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland) and while I deplore the needless destruction of the sandstone layers of an ancient lake and the later actual archaeological sites on top of the formation, it’s pretty neat to see the layers in section.

If you’re so inclined, check out what other archaeologists had to say about the pyramids, or check out the edit log from the wikipedia entry–it’s pretty instructive from a cultural heritage/knowledge construction point of view.

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Author: colleenmorgan

Dr. Colleen Morgan (ORCID 0000-0001-6907-5535) is the Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She conducts research on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. She is interested in building archaeological narratives with emerging technology, including photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making she explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding issues of authority, authenticity, and identity.

5 thoughts on “The Bosnian “Pyramids””

  1. I agree that these excavations appear to be more natural than man-made, but just as in Yonaguni, there is always the possibility that ancient man either took advantage of natural geology or was inspired to imitate it. Even lear from it and expand on such inspiration.Many of the ancient constructions are imitations of natural structures. Mountains, caves and other geological formations. Inspiration from nature is at the heart of all of mankind’s early creations.

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