|The inspiration for this award comes from the pioneering Egyptologist, Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1831-1892) who published the best selling account of her works in “A Thousand Miles up the Nile” in 1877. Five years later, Edwards co-founded the Egypt Exploration Fund, now the Egypt Exploration Society. During her first exploration of the Upper Nile, her party discovered a previously unknown sanctuary that was named after her. Aware of the increasing threat directed towards the ancient monuments by tourism and modern development, Edwards became a tireless public advocate for the research and preservation of the ancient monuments. Edwards contributed to the ninth edition of the Encycolpaedia Britannica, to the American supplement of that work and to the Standard Dictionary. She bequeathed her collection of Egyptian antiquities and her library to University College London, together with a sum of £2500 to found the Edwards Chair of Egyptology. Buried in St. Mary’s Church (Henbury, Bristol), her grave is aptly marked with an obelisk at the foot of which lies a stone ankh.
The Global Pyramid Conference was designed to promote research and the proliferation of pyramid education. As such, it is with great pride that we bestow our first Amelia B. Edwards Award for outstanding achievement in the field of pyramid research.
This year, we honor Dr. of Science Semir “Sam” Osmanagich for his dedication and tireless effort towards advancing our understanding of the history of pyramids throughout the world.
Dr. Sam Osmanagich is a Bosnian-born Houston archaeologist, author, researcher, teacher and businessman. He has discovered an ancient pyramidal complex in Visoko, Bosnia-Herzegovina, which consists of five colossal stone structures in the shape of pyramids, with extensive, prehistorical underground tunnel network. He established the non-profit, non-governmental Archaeological Park: Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Foundation to pursue excavation and geo-archaeological work. He teaches at the American University in Bosnia-Herzegovina as an Anthropology professor, in particular about the Bosnian megalithic sites. Dr. Osmanagich authored and narrated a 12-episode documentary “Search for Lost Civilizations” for the state Bosnian television FTVBiH (2007) which was based on his book: “Civilizations Before the Official History” (2005) and filmed in Peru, Bolivia, Easter Island, Costa Rica, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Malta, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. Osmanagich lectures extensively and promotes the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids Project, and archaeological tourism in Bosnia-Herzegovina, from Egypt and Jordan, to Malaysia, Canada, USA, China, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Denmark and other countries. Dr. Osmanagich is a member of the Archaeological Society of Alexandria (est. 1895). Osmanagich also became the first “honorary citizen” of the Town of Visoko in 2006. The daily newspaper “San” from Sarajevo awarded Osmanagich title “Man of the Year 2007 in Bosnia-Herzegovina” for his research project Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids and for affirmative promotion of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the world. Osmanagich has been admitted as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences from Moscow, one of the most respected scientific institutions in the world. Osmanagich holds his doctorate in Sociology of History. His PhD thesis about the Mayan civilization was accepted at the University of Sarajevo.
All over the world, ancient pyramids have been found that do not fit with established history. For over 100 years, history professors have taught their students “Pyramids were built in Egypt as pharaohs’ tombs; they also exist in Mexico, but only as ceremonial, sacrificial buildings.” They taught us incorrectly. There is no evidence that the oldest Egyptian pyramids ever served as tombs, and although there are 3 well known pyramids at Giza, another 130 pyramids line the Nile. There is also no evidence that the oldest and biggest pyramids in Mexico were sacrificial sites. Thousands of pyramids were built in Mexico, and only the latest, built by the Aztecs, served as sacrificial arenas for prisoners. All other pyramids, and particularly Mayan pyramids, do not reveal their purpose. Pyramids were not only built in Egypt and Mexico. For example, there are 1,200 in the Philippines, also several in North america, Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, and Belize in Central America. There are hundreds in Peru and Bolivia, ten in the Canaries and Mauritius, 224 in Nubia (North Sudan), and hundreds throughout China and Cambodia. There are some in the Amazon in Brazil, Brisbane Australia, Ecuador, Indonesia, bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of Cuba, Italy, and many many others. The pyramid concept is present worldwide and has existed for millennia. We have been taught that until the arrival of the superior, white European man, there was no communication between continents. This is wrong. Archaeologists and historians have tried to put the construction of pyramids in a time frame that suits them, but it is clear that the pyramids around the world are much older than most have been willing to say. The filtration of archaeological information by elite groups stops now. There are too many independent explorers with open minds ready to use modern satellite, thermal, geo-radar, geophysics, and new dating methods for the deception to continue.
Dr. of Sci. Sam Osmanagich