Interpret Europe Conference | 31 May - 3 June 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina | #iecon19
“Archaeological park: Bosnian Pyramids Visoko” Post-conference tour
3 June 2019
Arrival Visoko: 16:30
Estimated duration of the tour: 4 hours
Dinner in Visoko: 20.00h / 3 June
Departure for Sarajevo: 21.30
Arrival Sarajevo: 22.30
Price: 57 Euros (coffee break, refreshment and dinner is included)
The town of Visoko is home to the so-called ‘Bosnian Pyramids’, which are thought to have been built in the period 12,000 to 500 BC. It is believed that the three hills are representations of pyramids that were named by the Foundation of the Archaeological Park as the Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon and Pyramid of the Bosnian Dragon. A complex network of passages, intersections, rooms and underground water reservoirs has been built under the Valley of the Pyramids.
Despite compelling evidence that the pyramidal structures are indeed man-made, archaeological academia have declared the findings a hoax, declaring them to be a “pseudo-archaeological explanation for natural formations” by the European Association of Archaeology.
At the same time, Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens have embraced the newly-imagined pyramids as national treasures. As reported in Smithsonian Magazine, “Bosnian officials - including a prime minister and two presidents - have embraced them. [The] Sarajevo-based news media and hundreds of thousands of ordinary Bosnians [are] drawn to the promise of a glorious past and more prosperous future for their battered country.”
The interpretation and adoption of this newly found heritage has been a point of global debate in the last decade. Over 500,000 visitors have since visited the area to make their own judgement on the controversial topic of pyramids in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the tour, you will see the Pyramid of the Sun, explore the underground tunnels and engage with the locals that protect and preserve the site. The tour will end with a traditional Bosnian dinner in one of the small local taverns.