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New Archaeological Park 12 September 2006

The largest site in Bosnia known for the Bosnian stone balls is County Zavidovici.From today is the first place in Europe with a unique “Archaeological Park of Bosnian Stone Balls”. Site contains around 40 stone balls. (Bosnian Stone Balls)

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New evidence of ancient civilisation? 20 May 2006

Bosnian writer Ahmed Bosnic has recently returned from the Valley of River Bosna (Bosnia) where he visited the village of Ozimici and found a significant concentration of the stone balls found across Bosnia. He was in the company Dr Aly Abd Barakat , Egyptian geologist (Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority. ), who confirmed that the balls were a manmade rather than natural phenomenon.

The existence of the balls in this region was not known until an earthquake 12 or 13 years ago revealed them. They vary in size with the largest measuring 1.7m high and with a circumference of 5.3m.

Theory is that the balls were created at the same time as the pyramids in the Bosnian Valley of Pyramids and that their existence proves an ancient civilisation existed in today’s Bosnia. This location will soon become protected as a National Park and will be recognised as one of the sites of archaeological significance in Bosnia.

Bosnic also visited Mecevici (Zavidovici) which contains more than 20 of the mysterious stone balls, measuring from a few centimetres’ diameter up to 3m in circumference. The picture shown indicates the size of one of the balls found.

 

 

 

Stone balls found in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mysterious carved stone balls found across Bosnia are similar to ones found in Costa Rica.To date, some 390 stone balls have been found in Costa Rica, all finely finished, but it is not clear how they were created as no tools have been found to explain this.Some of these balls were found buried together with pieces of ceramics that suggest that these balls are at least 1200-1300 years old – dating them before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.People who found these balls have said that they are always found in group of three, in the shape of a triangle, and always placed in the North-South direction. They are generally found on hills.Two of these stone balls have been transferred to the USA (National Geographic Society in Washington, and Harvard University in Cambridge).Various theories have been suggested to explain the presence of the stone balls in Costa Rica. American archaeologist Samuel K Lothrop (“Archeology of the Diquis Delta, Costa Rica”, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 1963), for example, concludes that there is evidence that the stone balls have been oriented astronomically.There has been little theorising to date about stone balls in Bosnia. Explorer Semir Osmanagic first heard about their presence from a Bosnian friend, Bojan zecevic, in 2004. They then contacted Bosnian historians and created a team to explore the phenomenon of the ‘Bosnian Stone balls’ .They first explored the North West region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the village Trn near the town of Banja Luka they found that two balls had been used as part of a foundation of a house, each with a radius of 30-40 cm. They were finely polished and heavier than normal stone. A short distance from the house they found the pieces of a ball that had been cut in half; the damaged ball has a radius of one metre.In the North Bosnian village of Teocak, eight balls have been found. All these balls are geometrically shaped but none of them are finely polished. They are granit and some of the balls have holes across their surface.These stone balls have been found in several locations - a restaurant in Vares has even been named after the stone outside and is called ‘Kugla Restoran’ or Stone Ball Restaurant.The largest stone ball found in Bosnia (near the village of Slatina, Banjaluka) is unfinished. Historians believe that it would have been polished to complete the geometric shape of the ball Geologist Mile Vujacic believes that the Bosnian stone balls were produced naturally by water shaping the rock over a long period – although this conclusion is uncertain given the number of locations where these stone balls have been found and their correct geometric shape.No one can be sure just how many of these stone balls exist in Bosnia but the number found to date may represent a small fraction of the true number. The balls have been buried over hundreds of years and only accidental findings are bringing them to light.

This text is taken from Semir Osmanagic’s book (Bosanska Piramida Sunca)

 

 

 

Theories behind stone balls remain elusive

Explorer Semir Osmanagic has recently returned from a visit to Mexico, in the town of Gudalahare,where he has been investigating the presence of stone balls, resembling those found across regions ofBosnia.He found hundreds of stone balls on the Cerra Piedras Bollas hill. There was only one reference to these stone balls,reported in the National Geographic magazine in 1968. The archaologist who found and reported the stone balls could notbelieve that primitive Indian hands could have created the objects, which were up to 4m diametre and weighed as much as 50 tonnes. He visited a geologist in the region who told him the local theory that the balls were thrown by a volcano, some 30km away, millions of years previously.However, most of these balls are concentrated on one hill in the region, so discounting that theory, in addition to the

geometric shape of the balls. Another local belief, that there was gold at the centre of the balls, has resulted in damage to many of the stone balls Osmanagic saw.All these balls must be the product of intelligent human beings, yet historians have all but ignored their presence - these objects have only, for example, received one small mention in National Geographic, several years before. Little significance has been placed on their existence. On examining one of the balls in the village of Ahualulco del Mercado, Osmanavic concluded that it was created by the same methodology as that used to create stone balls in Costa Rica and Bosnia and using the same material. There isnothing in our current understanding of history that explains the presence of these stone balls.

 

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