It sounds like something out of a movie, but we can assure you, it's real. Controversial Bosnian Archaeologist, Semir Osmanagic, has discovered what he believes to be the oldest man-made sphere in the world. Nicknamed the Bosnian Indiana Jones, Osmanagic claims that his latest discovery proves that Eastern Europe was home to an advanced ancient civilization more than 1,500 years ago. Somehow, this civilization never made it to the history books, so is it even real?
This Is One Giant Sphere
The sphere, discovered in Bosnia, is extremely iron-rich and massive in size. It is about three meters wide, making it the largest of its kind if it is found to be man-made. As you can see in the stunning images, it would take quite a few adults with arms outstretched before the entire surface of the sphere was covered.
What Does This Mean For Osmanagic's "Ancient Civilization"?
The archaeologist shared his thoughts about what the significance of his discovery would be if the sphere was proven to be man-made. "First, it would be another proof that Southern Europe, Balkan and Bosnia in particular, were home for advanced civilizations from distant past and we have no written records about them." But he doesn't stop there...
They Would Have Had Advanced Technology
"Secondly, they had high technology, different than ours. Finally, they knew the power of geometrical shapes, because the sphere is one of the most powerful shapes along with pyramidal and conical shapes," he explained. Speaking of pyramids, we're not so sure about the legitimacy of this sphere, given Osmanagic's previous "discoveries."
He Claims Bosnia Has Pyramids Bigger Than Egypt
In an interview, Osmanagic insists that Bosnia is home to the largest man-made pyramids in the world. Yes, even bigger than Egypt's. "You have not only the first pyramids in Europe, but also the biggest on the planet. This is shocking to many archaeologists as most people like to keep the status quo when you come up with new and progressive ideas," he said
Bosnia And Egypt Communicated Through Pyramids?
Osmanagic's pyramid research began when he noted the pyramid-like shape of Visočica Hill in Bosnia. Since then he has stated that it is one of five pyramids in Bosnia and that they are connected by a series of underground tunnels. He even went as far as to claim that the pyramids were transmitters, allowing them to communicate with the pyramids in Egypt.
But Most Archaeologists Dismiss His Pyramid Claims As Bogus
If you thought Osmanagic's claims were getting outrageous, congratulations: most experts agree with you. Amar Karapus, one of the curators at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo was blunt when discussing the pyramids. "When I first read about the pyramids I thought it was a very funny joke. I just couldn't believe that anyone in the world could believe this," he said.
That's Not The Only Bizarre Claim
Osmanagic's strange "research" doesn't end there. If you look back on his previous statements, you'll notice that things start to take a turn that can only be described as 'X-Files'. He has made claims in the past that Mayan crystal skulls were created with very advanced technology, and that the Maya people themselves descended from Aliens. What the?!
If The Sphere Isn't Man-Made, What Is It?
Most geologists who have weighed in on the sphere situation have dismissed the idea that it is man-made, and state that the most likely explanation is that it's a concretion. Concretions are high in minerals, especially iron, which was found in large quantities throughout the sphere. Though they occur naturally, concretions are obviously still very cool.
Other Famous Concretions
Perhaps the most well-known set of concretions are the Moeraki Boulders of New Zealand. These are referred to as 'cannonball concretions' - we bet you can imagine why - and they can be found on a beach in Otago. They date back 60 million years! Other cannonball concretions can be found in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
But Man-Made Spheres Definitely Exist, Too
The suggestion that ancient civilizations carved spheres using relatively advanced technology is not a bizarre notion. One of the most famous instances of this very thing exists in Costa Rica, where spheres were carved from volcanic rock by the Diquís people. Though some of the spheres way up to a massive 15 tons, they have been 100 percent confirmed as man-made.
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