Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Balkan Brouhaha and some new "old" pyramids

From Joshua Foer, former curator of

"An amateur archaeologist's discovery of ancient pyramids under the hills of Bosnia and Herzegovina has kicked off an exuberant national celebration and a massive dig that's drawing tourists by the thousands. There's just one problem: There aren't any pyramids. But why let that stop the party?"

Go here to learn about Semir Osmanagic, the man whose delirium was humored by the locals and nurtured by government financiers into a regional cash cow that draws hippies and new-agers from across Europe. The article was written in 2007, but the website suggests the pyramania continues, much to the chagrin of geologists, archaeologists, and associated -ologists.

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