Scientists begin dig at Bosnian ‘pyramid’


By Aida Cerkez-Robinson

Workers prepare to construct a temporary office near the Visocica hill in central Bosnia April 13, 2006. The office is to be used by an archaeological team which will start this year's digging at the site to search for traces of an ancient pyramid, so-called the Bosnian Pyramid of Sun. REUTERS/ Danilo Krstanovic

Updated: 6:28 p.m. ET April 14, 2006

History-laden hill contains human-made tunnels, researchers say

VISOKO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Archaeologists began digging Friday for what they hope is an ancient pyramid ( hidden beneath a mysterious Bosnian hill that has long been the subject of legend.

The Bosnian archaeologist leading the work says the 2,120-foot (650-meter) mound rising above the small town of Visoko resembles pyramid sites in Latin America that he has studied. It would be the first pyramid ever discovered in Europe.

Initial research on the hill, known as Visocica, found that it has perfectly shaped, 45-degree slopes pointing toward the cardinal points and a flat top. Under layers of dirt, workers discovered a paved entrance plateau, entrances to tunnels and large stone blocks that might be part of a pyramid's outer surface.