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Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Potentially 25,000+ Years Old

The International Summer Camp for Volunteers, Bosnian Pyramids 2012, is done for the season. One of the greatest findings of 2012 came in the month of June, during the first volunteer shift: the team led by Italian archaeologists, Dr. Riccardo Brett and Niccolo Bisconti, discovered a fossilized leaf on top of one of the concrete blocks covering the Pyramid of the Sun.

This organic material was sent to the radiocarbon dating lab in Kiev, Ukraine; lab results showed that the leaf is 24,800 years old (+/- 200 years). This date potentially shows the earliest age of the pyramidal structure.

When the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun was first discovered in 2005, researchers estimated the age of the pyramid by measuring the age of the topsoil covering it. The radiocarbon measurements showed that the topsoil is up to 12,000 years old. The carbon dating of the fossilized leaf sheds new light onto what may be the true age of this Pyramid.

If the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun is 25,000+ years old, this fact implies that the Pyramid was built by the oldest civilization known to mankind. As it currently stands in the books, the oldest human civilizations are the Sumerian and the Babylonian civilizations, who are approximately 5,000 years old.


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Fossilized leaf sent for radiocarbon dating to Kiev, Ukraine.

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