2008 Unexplainable Recap of Exciting Headlines: September

While you’d think a former entrepreneur turned beginner archeologist would have been thrilled to find medieval artifacts at Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mt. Visocica , the US businessman was not completely jumping for joy. The reason? After pouring a great deal of his own money into a personal mission to unearth what he believes to be the first pyramids in Europe, he turns up unfulfilled. In this article, learn more about this latest find and prehistoric human remains found in Perak, Sarawak.

Medieval Artifacts Uncovered on Mt. Visocica

Semir Osmanagic claims that the pyramids in Europe exist; yet his summer excavations have not yielded any results to back up his belief. His quest was not a complete loss, his archeological team found significant artifacts that include eight pieces of Gothic architectural carvings and pieces of glass vials that date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Several pieces of ceramic were also uncovered, alongside 20 silver objects that date back to the 15th-century.

The find will shed light on the ins and outs of medieval Bosnian royalty and how the kings resided in the past. Once the vegetation of the site is cleared away, the top of Mt. Visocica should reveal what a medieval Bosnian community must have looked like. Joining the ancient royal town of Bobovac located in central Bosnia, this find is considered a great historical gem.

However, there are some obstacles to overcome. Vandals with political motives have been suspected of throwing a stone slab into a well situated at the old fortress.

Perak, Sarawak is Site of New Prehistoric Human Remains Discovery

The headlines of September of 2008 introduced one of the most talked-about discoveries since the Perak Man, as archeologists uncovered two separate groups of complete Neolithic human skeletons situated in peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak. Both of the collections are said to date back about 3,000 years into the past.

A coastal mangrove swamp in Pulau Kalumpang (located close to Taiping, Perak) served as a final resting place for three male skeletons possessing Mongoloid features. They are estimated to be between the ages of 25 and 35. In Gua Kain Hitam, positioned near the extensive Niah caves complex near Miri, eight skeletons were found , including seven males aged 25 to 45 years old. Just one lonely female was found amongst the male skeletons. She is estimated to have been between the age of  35 and 45 years old when she died.

Just one meter below the earth, the skeletons were found. Their Austro-Melanosoid features (much like the characteristics seen in Australian aborigines) were prominent. The bodies were discovered in flat positions.

Earlier this year, the human remains were excavated over a period of two months. It was quite clear that the remains were part of prehistoric burial grounds, as they had ceremonial objects (like beads, pottery, shells and animal bones) positioned around their bodies.

Experts hope to learn more about early indigenous societies that lived in the region by studying the bodies and artifacts. The best part of the find is that the skeletons are nearly complete, being more than 98% complete , in much better condition than the 11,000 year-old Perak Man that was discovered in Lenggong in 1991. His remains were only 90% complete. Another exciting find includes the discovery of ancient paintings on the walls of the cave in Sarawak.