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Paul Smith on wheelbarrow duty in Ravne Tunnel in the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids
Paul Smith on wheelbarrow duty in Ravne Tunnel in the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids

Air monitoring in the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids – Part 3 (September 2015)

Pushing a wheelbarrow full of gravel through a subterranean labyrinth in Bosnia might not be your idea of a holiday. The sun never shines in the tunnels, there’s no WiFi and they don’t serve cocktails. But it’s a lot more fun than you might think—especially when you’re working with a fascinating group of like-minded volunteers from all over the world.

In my group there were 12 of us: four Britons, three Americans, two French, one German, one Swede and one Slovakian, guided by the site’s friendly Bosnian geologist, Mejra Kozlo. Communicating by a combination of sign language and International English we spent six hours each day in a wheelbarrow chain, helping to unblock an immense network of prehistoric tunnels.

People come here for all sorts of reasons. Many are interested in ancient civilizations; others seek spiritual enlightenment; some just want to see why more than 450,000 tourists and researchers have visited the Bosnian Pyramid Project since 2005. For me, it was all of the above—plus the glorious weather, beautiful landscapes, lovely people and delicious food.

This was my second trip to the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids. In March 2015 I joined the Spring Equinox Tour and Conference and I knew it wouldn’t be long before I went back. During that first trip I donated an Analox Aspida dual O2/CO2 monitor to the Project, to enhance their tunnel safety checks. This time I took them another device to keep as a spare: a dual O2/CO2 Sub Aspida.

I could write at great length about Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Visoko in particular, but I’ll save it until next time (yes, I’ll be going back!). For now I’d just like to share some photographs from my latest trip to give you a taste of this fabulous country. The 2015 volunteering program is closed now, but new events are periodically listed at www.bosnianpyramid.org

Read part one and part two of ‘Air monitoring in the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids’.

The River Bosna Visoko Bosnia and Herzegovina

The River Bosna Visoko Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun viewed from downtown Visoko

Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun viewed from downtown Visoko

The Analox Sub Aspida monitoring oxygen and carbon dioxide

The Analox Sub Aspida monitoring oxygen and carbon dioxide

Paul Smith at the entrance to Ravne Tunnel Visoko

Paul Smith at the entrance to Ravne Tunnel Visoko

Left: Dr. Sam Semir Osmanagich. Centre: Paul Smith. Right: Mejra Kozlo

Left: Dr. Sam Semir Osmanagich. Centre: Paul Smith. Right: Mejra Kozlo

Author: Paul Smith, Technical Writer

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