Friday, October 21, 2011

The Ancients

by Jock Doubleday
published February 10, 2013

The ancients.

There is no other name for them, because we don't know who they were. They lived on earth long before recorded history.

The ancients built the Great Pyramid, the Great Sphinx, Göbekli Tepe Ziyaret, the Bosnian pyramid complex, Stonehenge.

Great Pyramid, Giza

Great Sphinx, Giza

Göbekli Tepe Ziyaret, southeastern Turkey

Bosnian pyramid complex, Visoko, Bosnia

Stonehenge, southwest England

The ancients left megalithic stone circles, pyramids, and monuments all across the planet. They terraformed the earth, creating cryptic megapictographs best viewed from the sky.

Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire England

Nazca Lines, "the Hummingbird," Peru
The ancients created tumuli that stretch for miles and on which trees have not grown for thousands of years.

Chocolate Hills, the Philippines

The true ancients are not the ancients described in history books.

The so-called ancient Greeks, ancient Romans, and ancient Pharaonic dynasties of Egypt – these cultures appeared on the human stage at most 350 generations ago, a biological and geological eyeblink, an archaeological breath.

The human models that the Greek artist used for this Cycladic 
sculpture might have smelled like your mom.

The "ancient" Greeks, "ancient" Romans, and "ancient" Egyptians were our recent ancestors. Their sensibilities were ours.

Who, then, were the true ancients? Were their great and enduring earthworks and stoneworks monumental messages to the future?  If so, whom were these messages for, and what are these messages?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Letter to the Editor of "Archaeology Magazine"

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Please Note It's July 16, 2016, and I still haven't heard from Archaeology magazine about their now ten-year moratorium on Bosnian archaeology.
Jock Doubleday 
Author, "The Mysterious Anti-Scientific Agenda of Robert Schoch - Part 1: The Bosnian Pyramid Complex"

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Note I sent this letter to the editor of Archaeology magazine on January 5, 2013. To this date I have received no reply.

January 5, 2013

Claudia Valentino
Archaeology Magazine

Dear Ms. Valentino,

I am writing a 50-page article on Robert M. Schoch's work on the subjects of 1) pyramids in Bosnia and 2) the Yonaguni Monument.

If you have any thoughts on ancient pyramids in Bosnia and you would like to be quoted in my article, please send me the relevant quote by Thursday, January 10, 2013. The article will be published in January 2013.

Archaeology Magazine's nearly seven-year moratorium on Bosnian archaeology is also interesting and will be included in my article.

Whatever quote you send me concerning pyramids in Bosnia will be included in my article, verbatim and in full. If you are not able to reply, for whatever reason, I will write, "Has not replied." If you would like to decline to be quoted, please let me know.

Thank you for your time and interest.


Jock Doubleday

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Note I sent this letter to the editor of Archaeology magazine by email on August 2, 2011, with the subject line: "retraction, explanation, and apology requested for statements and omissions made by Archaeology regarding Bosnian archaeology." To this date I have received no reply.

August 2, 2011

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To the Editor:

Will Archaeology be printing a retraction of its categorical denials of Bosnian pyramids, which were made in its April 27, 2006 online feature article, "The Bosnia-Atlantis Connection"?

In Mark Rose's 2006 article, we find the following categorical denials of pyramids in Bosnia:

1)  "Frenzied reporting of supposed pyramids in the Balkans ignores the truth and embraces the fantastic."

2)  "Construction of massive pyramids in Bosnia at that period is not believable."

3)  "His [discoverer Semir Osmanagić's] ideas of early pyramids in Bosnia, which is simply not possible, has been accepted as a major discovery. How could this happen?"

4)  "[T]he 'Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun' is no such thing."

Such categorical denials have no place in scientific publications, unless compelling evidence accompanies them.

Rose's article also includes statements completely outside the realm of the science, such as: "[T]he term "pyramidiot" has been applied to those obsessed with pyramids and who offer strange interpretations of them on websites and in books and television programs." Why is this sort of language necessary, and why has Archaeology not apologized for publishing it?

It may be noted that, in subsequent years after Archaeology's outright dismissal pyramids in Visoko, Bosnia, the discovery of the Bosnian pyramid complex and of numerous artifacts, labyrinthine tunnels, and ancient inscriptions failed to make any of your publication's Top Ten Discoveries lists in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. [ Update April 22, 2014: Top Ten Discoveries lists in 2011, 2012, and 2013. ] Perhaps a rethinking of your lists, and an honest look at extra-scientific agendas at your publication, may be in order.

When an official retraction of the categorical denial of Bosnian pyramids is made in both your paper and online publications, Archaeology will have the opportunity to regain its estimable position as a work of science and not a work promoting secret agendas or slander.

In your retraction, it may be useful for your readers if you reference your three update articles, two of which were published in June 2006 under the titles "More on Bosnian 'Pyramids,'" and "Bosnian 'Pyramids' Update," and one of which was published in July/August 2006 under the title, "Pyramid Scheme."

It may also be useful to reference, explain, and apologize for your publication's half-decade (August 2006-August 2011) boycott of Bosnian archaeology.

I have cc'd Professor Anthony Harding, Professor of Archaeology at University of Exeter, who has written on this subject as well, and I have also cc'd the complete staff of Archaeology and the majority of the staff at the Archaeological Institute of America, as it is not unthinkable that their livelihoods may depend on your publication's dedication to the scientific process, a process that includes objective reportage, an absence of premature conclusions, and -- it should go without saying -- an absence of name-calling.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Jock Doubleday



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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pyramids, Litter, and Peripatetic Pickup

Visoko, Bosnia
October 4, 2011

I went out to pick up litter on a rural road in Visoko, Bosnia, today.  (Watch video here :)

The road -- a meandering one-laner -- is beautiful even with litter along its edges.

The road is not just beautiful but useful for those who want to get to Ravne tunnel labyrinth. It's the back way, and you use it to escape the traffic and noise pollution of the village below.

Visoko, Bosnia

Immediately on beginning my walk up the road, I met Salija.


Salija said that the litter along the side of the road is thrown there by people from the "city." I assumed she meant Sarajevo, 30 kilometers south of Visoko. But upon inquiry, she said that she meant people from Visoko, the center of which is a ten-minute walk from the hillside. 

Salija said that the city people "don't save the environment."


Salija's English was very good, so I didn't have to speak Bosnian, which was good since I know perhaps 27 words of Bosanski. . . .

Salija headed home along the rural road, and I returned to the task at hand.
Tools of the trade: leather gloves

Leather gloves are the most important tools for the litter remover. Without leather gloves, you are at the mercy of broken glass, slime, and nettles.

Super-strong Trader Joe's bag for collecting litter

A good bag is tool-of-the-trade #2 for Litter Removal Specialists. With leather gloves and a bag, there is so much one can do.
The ancients who built the pyramids in the Visoko Valley created structures in agreement with nature. Their materials were sand, stone, and clay.

Ancient terrace on the Bosnian Pyramid of the Moon

Modern civilization, on the other hand, gives us colors out of place, strange materials, unhealthy products wrapped in disharmonic packaging, jarring artifice.  

Modern litter

What will we do about it?

Some litter likes to hide
Grandfather and granddaughter along the road

A willing photographic subject
Charming couple with slightly more English than I had Bosnian
Probably the best beer in Bosnia, but not the best beer in Europe

Nearly full bag, after a kilometer and a third of road
End of the day

Watch 6-part video here

Watch the wonderful story of Bagpuss here.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Goddess Returns

Goddess figurine unearthed in Visoko, Bosnia, late September 2011.

Visoko, Bosnia
Monday, October 3, 2011

Initially, it was thought that this goddess figurine --


unearthed in Visoko, Bosnia in late September 2011 -- was found by a farmer plowing his land.

But today (October 3, 2011) I talked to Sanela, whose family owns the property on which sits a residence-cafe, the closest of several to the huge access ramp to the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun.

Sanela said that the man who owns the land plowed it, not to farm it, but to keep people from driving on the informal road toward the summit of the pyramid.

Whatever the reason behind plowing 150 meters by 2 meters of land, the goddess returns.