Visočica hill

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Visočica hill, in Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013)

Visočica (pronounced [ʋi.sɔ̌.tʃi.tsa]) (also known as Brdo Grad ([br̩̂dɔ ɡrâːd]) (Bosnian: Hill Town) is a hill in Bosnia and Herzegovina famous as the site of the Old town of Visoki [ʋǐsɔkiː] as well the 2005 claim that it is an ancient man-made pyramid. It is 213 metres high. The idea that it constitutes an ancient artificial edifice was publicised by Houston-based expatriate Bosnian author Semir Osmanagić, but scientific investigations conclude that it is a natural geological formation known as a flatiron.

Old town of Visoki[edit]

View of the town from the Visočica hill

The Old town of Visoki was a famous medieval royal castle town during the fourteenth century, located in Visoko [ʋisɔkɔ], Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first mention of the town was on 1 September 1355, in the charter "in castro nosto Visoka vocatum" written by Tvrtko I of Bosnia while he was a young ban.[1] The town appears to have been abandoned before 1503, as it is not mentioned in the Turkish-Hungarian treaty that was established that year.[2] In the year 1626 Đorđić mentioned Visoki among abandoned towns.[3]

Claim of it being a pyramid[edit]

Visočica hill became the focus of international attention in October 2005, following a news-media campaign promoting the false idea that it is actually the largest of a group of ancient man-made pyramids.

Scientific investigations of the site show there is no pyramid.[4][5][6] Additionally, scientists have criticised the Bosnian authorities for supporting the pyramid claim saying, "This scheme is a cruel hoax on an unsuspecting public and has no place in the world of genuine science."[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina (3 April 2009). "Povijesno područje – Stari grad Visoki". Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina (3 April 2009). "Povijesno područje – Stari grad Visoki". Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina (3 April 2009). "Povijesno područje – Stari grad Visoki". Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Pyramid No More, Sub Rosa, Issue 6, Oct 2006.
  5. ^ The great Bosnian pyramid scheme by Anthony Harding, British Archaeology November/December 2006
  6. ^ John Bohannon, Mad About Pyramids, Science Magazine, 22 September 2006.
  7. ^ Declaration from the European Association of Archaeologists, 11 Dec 2006

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Coordinates: 43°58′42″N 18°10′40″E / 43.97833°N 18.17778°E / 43.97833; 18.17778