August 31, 2016, Visoko.co.ba published an article regarding the Royal Town of Visoki (Link), which is located on the top of the Bosnian Sun pyramid. Apparently Mr. Mahir Sahinovic witnessed people that are making camp fires and using the stones of the Royal Town of Visoki to build small columns. He reported this to the Museum of Visoko (Bosnian: Zavicajni Muzej Visoko), and they went to the location to investigate the area.
They confirmed the observations by Mr. Shahinovic. There are even pictures on the article that confirm this. Now, I condemn the actions by these people and no one should do that on archaeological places. Royal Town of Visoki is no doubt one of the most important heritages in Bosnia and Herzegovina and should be further excavated and researched.
The reason why I am making this article is because some of the later statements that was made by the Museum of Visoko. They were quick to blame the Archaeological Park: Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Foundation for all this. They are claiming that the foundation had bigger groups on the top of the pyramid and that they were having some kind of rituals. This is a very serious accusation by the Museum of Visoko.
The foundation has not had any groups on the top of the Bosnian Sun pyramid. In fact, the federal minister of culture and sport, Mrs. Zora Dujmovic, has already forbidden the foundation to have any kind of groups on the top of the Bosnian Sun pyramid. This happened before the Summer Solstice 2016, probably June 7. So the foundation can not organize any groups on the top of the pyramid. Furthermore, the accusations by the Museum of Visoko is four days before the grand tour ”Pyramid Power.” The foundation has not organized a tour in over two months, especially not on top of the Bosnian Sun pyramid.
Those people that were on top of the Sun pyramid, were probably there privately. The foundation had no responsibility regarding these people, plus the foundation can not organize anything on top of the Sun pyramid. The foundation has already made an announcement June 7, 2016, that they are going to organize all rituals and concerts at Park Ravne 2, and they have done that ever since. In addition, the Archaeological Park: Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Foundation has already dismissed the claims by the Museum of Visoko (Link).
I would rather question the Museum of Visoko. Why don’t they secure the place? I mean, the Bosnian Sun pyramid (or Visocica for some) is already a protected area by the state, so they should secure the place themselves. After many years there has been no excavations on the Royal Town of Visoki, and the federal ministry of culture and sport has already made it clear that the foundation should not be involved in the Royal Town of Visoki. So instead of blaming themselves for this situation, contacting the politicians that are in control of the country and the mayor of Visoko, they are only blaming a foundation that has nothing to do with the Royal Town of Visoki. Yes, the foundation is promoting the pyramids, but they still have nothing to do with the individuals that was caught doing bad things at the Royal Town of Visoki. The museum should protect this site.
Making the accusations that the Museum of Visoko has made, is in many countries illegal. They have no evidence whatsoever that the foundation Archaeological Park: Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun is responsible for vandalism on top of the pyramid. Furthermore, the Museum of Visoko should rather find those who are responsible rather that accusing a another organization.
In addition, the Museum of Visoko is responsible for the Royal Town of Visoki, but are bad in cutting the grass and other vegetation for example. I know that the economy is not that great in Visoko and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but they could do something with the situation, for example to make the Royal Town of Visoki a bigger touristic site. Meanwhile the Museum of Visoko is accusing the foundation of vandalism, the foundation is making a great park that is available for everyone, and will secure a lot of tourists to Visoko and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Museum of Visoko is important for the heritage of the Visoko-region, but they should not blame other organizations when they have no evidence. In addition, we need to protect all archaeological heritages, but blaming other organizations is not the way to go. There will always be individuals that do not respect the archaeological sites. Placing signs of what is legal and what is illegal on the Royal Town of Visoki and inspections of the site every week should be a good start to protect the Royal Town of Visoki, because it is the Museum’s responsibility to do so.