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While critical thinking may not make up for a lack of knowledge, it is essential for gaining knowledge.
Saturday, April 29, 2006:  
Critical Thinking:
The Bosnia-Atlantis Connection - Archaeology Magazine
Frenzied reporting of supposed pyramids in the Balkans ignores the truth and embraces the fantastic.

The world's oldest and largest pyramid found in Bosnia? It sounds incredible. The story has swept the media, from the Associated Press and the BBC, from papers and websites in the U.S. to those in India and Australia. Too bad that it is not a credible story at all. In fact, it is impossible. Who is the "archaeologist" who has taken the media for a ride? Why did the media not check the story more carefully?...

A self-described archaeologist, who believes the Maya and others are descended from Atlanteans who came from the Pleiades, has been accepted as a legitimate researcher by many news outlets. His ideas of early pyramids in Bosnia, which is simply not possible, has been accepted as a major discovery. How could this happen?
I've been following this story since late October. When I saw the unsupported assertion of a 12,000 year old (Upper Paleolithic) "pyramid", I did some investigating and found that the claims come from a believer in ancient astronauts that has his own pseudoarcheology website. Nice to see at last that one credible source, Archaeology Magazine, has investigated the "pyramid" claims beyond press releases.

Reuters reports that the discoverer of the "pyramids", Semir Osmanagic, claims they have supernatural powers that protect the locals (Controversial dig sparks pyramid mania in Bosnia).

Update 2:
The New York Times is following Archaeology Magazine's lead:
Some See a 'Pyramid' to Hone Bosnia's Image. Others See a Big Hill.

Update 3:
Alun Salt has a nice analysis of the (complete lack of) evidence:
Bosnian Pyramids: Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Atlantis.

    -  Ron  7:11 AM

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