Bosnia-Herzegovina - Part 17

posted by julia on 2006/04/26 16:13

[ Bosnia-Herzegovina ]

In a letter to the Times, the President of the European Association of Archeologists, Prof. Harding, complains about the sudden international attention given to the excavation of the "pyramids" in Visoko (central Bosnia-Herzegovina) (cf. the ImagineSEE-blog, 7.2.2006 and 12.12.2005):
The situation of professional heritage management in Bosnia-Herzegovina is, since the Bosnian war, in a poor state, with a tiny number of people trying to do what they can to protect their rich heritage from looting and unmonitored or unauthorised development. It adds insult to injury when rich outsiders can come in and spend large sums pursuing their absurd theories (the construction of a colossal pyramid so large that it dwarfs even those of Egypt or Mesoamerica? 12,000 years ago?), in ways that most other countries would never countenance, instead of devoting their cash to the preservation of the endangered genuine sites and monuments in which Bosnia-Herzegovina abounds. (Prof. Anthony Harding, 25.4.2006)

Photo: The four-sided hill of Visoko - an ancient manmade structure? Excavations are lead by the archaeologist Semir Osmanagic; source: National Geographic, 20.4.2006.

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