A giant spherical rock could be proof of a lost European civilization, according to an archaeologist.
Semir Osmanagic discovered the strange stone sphere in Podubravlje village near Zavidovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He claims the round boulder with a radius of between four and five feet (1.2 to 1.5 metres) is the world’s oldest man-made stone sphere, pointing to an advanced lost civilization in Europe some 1500 years ago.
Daily Mail reports:
Controversial archaeologist Semir Osmanagic made the sensational claims in a forest at Podubravlje.
He has previously hit the headlines for his work on the supposed existence of ancient pyramids in the Visoko Valley, which he believes are hidden in plain sight as a cluster of hills.
He believes once his research is complete, one of the pyramids will be shown to be taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt and the discovery will be the greatest find since Tutankhamen.
Dr Osmanagic, known as ‘Bosnian Indiana Jones’ who now lives in Austin in Texas, travels the world to investigate ancient sites.
He discovered the ‘stone ball’ near the town Zavidovici in central Bosnia and Herzegovina and said it is the heaviest man-made ball in the world.
It has a radius of between four and five feet (1.2 to 1.5 metres).
The phenomenon of stone balls has been linked with ancient civilisations around the world with the most famous being the stone spheres of Costa Rica.
In total there are around 300, weighing up to 15 tonnes, which are believed to have been created by the now extinct Diquis culture, potentially making them up to 1,500 years old.
It is unclear how they were created but it is believed they were first sculpted from a local stone before being hammered and polished with sand.
If the huge stone in Bosnia is found to be hewn by human hands, it would be the largest man-made stone ball ever found – twice as heavy as the Costa Rican ones.
It’s claimed that Bosnia used to have hundreds of spherical stones, but they were destroyed by people looking for gold inside them, as mentioned in a local myth.
Only eight are known to still be in their natural environment, including the one now been uncovered in the forest at Podubravlje.
Dr Osmanagic said the sphere has an extremely high iron content, and believes it may be older than those in Costa Rica, as well as larger.
‘It is once again further proof that there was an advanced civilisation here with a high level of technology about which we know very little,’ he said.
The controversial archaeologist has been researching stone balls for 15 years and based on visiting sites around the world believes that the ancient civilisation used the stone ball in the belief that it attracted positive energy and was able to offer healing benefits.
However, a number of experts from the University of Manchester disagree and believe the boulder is not man-made.
Lecturer Mandy Edwards from the university’s School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences told MailOnline the spherical stone may be an example of concretion.
This is when a compact mass of rock is formed by the precipitation of natural mineral cement within the spaces between sediment grains.
The result is often spherical in shape, with the process forming the famed Koutu boulders in New Zealand.
Experts at the Geological Society said the round shape of the rock could be the result of like spheroidal weathering – a form of chemical weathering that affects jointed bedrock and results in the formation of concentric or spherical layers of highly decayed rock – and that there may be similar rocks in the area too.rock
Dr Osmanagic was treated as a crank when he first made claims about the pyramids, but he was given backing by the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to fund his research into the subject.
The Bosnian Prime Minister at the time, Nedzad Brankovic, said: ‘We were told the world was laughing at us when we decided to back this excavation, but there is no government in the world that should stay quiet on things which are positive.
‘Why should we deny something that has attracted the attention of the whole world? We want to have official institutions involved in research in Visoko.’
American author Paul Von Ward said the Bosnian Valley of Pyramids was the ‘most exciting and most important archaeological place in the world’ and added: ‘They are a stunning blow to conventional history – these mammoth structures were built bigger and better and even earlier – thousands of miles away in Europe – than the pyramids in Egypt.
‘The Bosnian pyramids don’t have pharaohs in them, but were instead built as tributes to ancient gods by thousands of slave workers.’
Egyptian archaeologist Dr Nabil Swelim said: ‘It is a building achievement of genius and great importance for the entire world.
‘This is an unbelievable discovery. It will take a lot of time to understand how these great structures were built.’
However, some professional geologists, archaeologists, and scientists have said the ‘pyramids’ show no signs of human construction.