An archaeologist in Bosnia claims to have discovered evidence of a technologically advanced lost civilisation in Europe that existed over 1,500 years ago. Semir Osmanagic, dubbed the “Bosnian Indiana Jones,” made the astonishing claims after uncovering a strange natural sphere near the village of Zavidovici in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina. He thinks it is the world’s oldest man-made sphere, as well as the heaviest, weighing twice as much as the stone spheres of Costa Rica, which were fashioned around 1,500 years ago by the now-extinct Diquis tribe.
While some experts have questioned Osmanagic’s claims, he believes the sphere provides further evidence of an advanced civilization with advanced technology about which we know very little. The archaeologist has been investigating stone balls for 15 years and believes that the ancient civilisation employed the stone ball in the notion that it drew positive energy and may provide healing advantages.
The sphere has a radius of four to five feet (1.2 to 1.5 metres) and an unusually high iron concentration, which Osmanagic says makes it older and larger than those found in Costa Rica. However, a number of University of Manchester experts disagree and believe the boulder is not man-made.
According to Mandy Edwards of the university’s School of Earth, Atmospheric, and Environmental Sciences, the spherical stone might be an example of concretion. When natural mineral cement precipitates within the spaces between sediment grains, a compact mass of rock is formed. The resulting shape is frequently spherical, and the process is responsible for the famous Koutu boulders in New Zealand.
The round shape of the rock could be the result of spheroidal weathering, a type of chemical weathering that affects jointed bedrock and results in the formation of concentric or spherical layers of highly decayed rock, according to Geological Society experts, and there may be similar rocks in the area as well.
Osmanagic has already made news for his research into the alleged existence of ancient pyramids in the Visoko Valley, which he thinks are concealed in plain sight as a cluster of hills. He believes that after his investigation is completed, one of the pyramids will be shown to be taller than Egypt’s Great Pyramid. Nedzad Brankovic, Bosnia’s Prime Minister at the time, praised his study, saying, “Why should we deny something that has captivated the attention of the entire world?” We want formal institutions to get involved in Visoko research.”