An Alternative History of Daorson

One of the walls in Daorson, Osanjici

I will admit, I did not prepare for the visit to Daorson and I didn’t know anything about the place except that it was ‘ancient’.

It was a spontaneous trip that I took with my mother, my husband, and our kids, after looking for somewhere isolated to go to during the Covid-19 lockdown in April 2020. I had made a list of destinations and we randomly picked one. A close one, because we wanted to let some sunshine on our ‘stuck in an apartment on lockdown’ children.

Now, the fact that you can come to a site like this without a guide, without paying an entrance fee or being swamped by tourists (pandemic or no pandemic), is a treat in itself. A unique experience in a world of long lines, tourist groups, and limited opening times for sightseeing at similar sites worldwide. 

You could drive right up to Daorson at 1 o’clock in the morning and be able to walk around completely undisturbed if you wanted.

Ok, this idea definitely just occurred to me now as I was writing, but I am definitely going to do that sometime soon and I think you should do it, too. Bring a flashlight if you don’t go on a moonlit night. 

And do it soon, because I hope the Bosnian Ministry of Tourism will soon protect and preserve the site.

the ruins of Daorson
Daorson, Osanjici

The Mainstream Story of Daorson

As soon as we got back home after our spontaneous visit, I downloaded the photographs I took and set out to learn more about Daorson. What is it, who built it and why?

The site is remote and there is nothing much there now, but was it a thriving city 2500 years ago? The mainstream archeology says it was.

The ruins of Daorson and most links, including the one from the UNESCO site, will tell us the same, sparse story. It seems that the tiny bit of information that is available on Daorson is just copied from one article to another, uncredited. 

Daorson was the capital of the Hellenised Illyrian tribe called the Daorsi who lived there between 300 BC and 50 BC.

Daorson, Osanjici
Daorson, Osanjici

It is believed that this acropolis, which was built on a (much) older site would have housed all of the important administrative, public and religious buildings and the enormous defensive walls around the town would have offered great protection. 

The cues found at the site to confirm that this was in fact the home of the Daorsi, were wine amphorae, ceramic fragments, bronze helmets decorated with symbols of Greek mythology, inscriptions in the Greek language alphabet and even the granite sculptures of Greek gods and goddesses, coins, some with Greek inscription that says Daorsi.

The archeologists tell us that the city was inhabited until about 1 BCE when it was attacked by another Illyrian tribe Dalmatae (hey, something tells me that has something to do with Dalmatia!) living here and it has been uninhabited ever since.

But dig a little deeper on the Internet and you start seeing strange things...

Could Daorson be the Ancient Troy?

The walls of Daoson are 4 meters thick
The walls of Daoson are 4 meters thick

Back in the 1980s, Roberto Salinas Price, a Mexican explorer, claimed that the site of Ancient Troy was in fact in Herzegovina, and he claimed that the Illiad and Odyssey were geographical maps in words describing the actual sites. Apparently he had written an entire book about it. 

Nobody took him seriously back in the 1980s but he has never given up on the theory. Whether it was or it wasn’t, I am fairly sure that mainstream history would not allow this revision anyway. Trying to change any well established historical ‘fact’, would nowadays be, I imagine, like Galileo trying to convince the world that the Earth is in fact round.

Could Daorson be older than Greek civilization itself?

None of the blocks making up Daorson’s enormous walls are of the same height and length and none are bound together by mortar.
None of the blocks making up Daorson’s enormous walls are of the same height and length and none are bound together by mortar.

Some dating of the ruins below the site point to it being  about 7000 years old. If that were true it would predate Greek civilization by more than 3500 years.

Whoa! Now, this is where the science fiction fan in me got all excited. 

Apparently, a group of independent German archeologists did some measurements and discovered three layers of ruins underneath the site that could be even older than that! They were not asked to come back and continue their work by any of the local authorities on the subject.

In a book written by archeologist Dr. Semir Osmanagic Alternative History, a whole chapter is devoted to the idea. 

The Illyrian Dream Town, he says, is neither Troy, nor Daorson, nor The Osanjici Fort as it was known among the locals.

Nobody dares, he says, to date it back to its real period. It would be more than inconvenient to have to concede that there was an advanced civilization here in Bosnia when the mainstream history barely puts a Neanderthal in the area at the time of the older neolithic period. 

The ruins of Daorson
The ruins of Daorson

Osmanagic is the man behind the Bosnian Pyramids and whether you believe in these or not, he has some fantastic claims and I for one, I really want to believe. I mean, wouldn’t it be just great?

Alien civilization who could manipulate gravity? 

Osmanagic points out that Daorson is not unique in the sense of construction and that the megaliths of Daorson are architecturally similar to those of the ancient civilizations of Peru, Mexico, Easter Island and Egypt! Those were megalithic civilizations that had the logistics, architectural plans and blueprints, advanced social organization, and everything that makes for a progressive and evolved civilization. 

None of the blocks making up Daorson’s enormous walls are of the same height and length and none are bound together by mortar. In fact, there is nothing holding these blocks together and yet they have been holding together for thousands of years. Apparently, such uneven, unbound constructions are highly earthquake resistant. 

Some blocks of Daorson weigh over 8 tonnes
Some blocks of Daorson weigh over 8 tonnes

Some blocks weigh over 8 tonnes, how would you transport such blocks? How would you line them up? You would have needed a different philosophy of construction, Osmanagic says, something hitherto unavailable, a new technology.

Or…if we can open our minds, he says, you could conceive moving such blocks by neutralizing gravity through sound or even telekinesis. Maybe Homo Sapiens cannot do that, but what if there were some other species, maybe from outer space who could? 

The valley was under the sea

A view of the valley from Daorson.
A view of the valley from Daorson. The valley is presumed to have been under the sea at the end of the last Ice Age, 12000 years ago.

The site is only 50km from the Adriatic Sea and Daorson is only one of several similar constructions, like Asseria in Croatia or Meteon in Montenegro, always near the sea.

We know that 12000 years ago we had the end of the Ice Age and today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina was just a series of dispersed islands, says Osmanagic. 

But, he laments, nobody researches in this direction, nobody wants to go there. 

What was the purpose of Daorson?

Daorson is a prefect place for meditation
Can we still use the energy of the ancient blocks?

Now, we come to the strangest thing of all and you won’t find it on the tourist or UNESCO websites. 

The enormous walls of Daorson were not built for the purpose of defending the city. Would anyone go through the effort of constructing walls 4 meters thick to defend from other tribes? For such defense, says Osmanagic, even the walls of 20 centimeters would be enough. 

No, these blocks had a very different purpose. Besides, the Daorsi’s were a tribe and historically a tribal way of life did not produce such complex structures. It is more likely that they just inhabited a structure that was already there. 

In an ancient town in east Peru, Ollantaytambo, there is a construction of 8 stone blocks made of volcanic stone, each 100 tonnes in weight, perfectly fitting to each other. The construction is officially called ‘an unfinished wall”.

But, according to Osmanagic, it was really a device making use of the energetic vibrations and planetary chakras that are produced by stones interacting with energetic currents of the planet.

Daorson does the same.

Feeling the energy?

View of Daorson walls
We cannot rely only on our 5 senses. If we base everything on these, we are doomed to wander around the truth forever.

The superior builders of ancient times did not build this as a place to live but as a place to recharge their energy, to rejuvenate their bodies. But also, maybe, for the betterment of farming? To benefit different aspects of society? 

Osmanagic is calling for the examination of the underlying energetic currents, to find out exactly how the blocks increase the natural sources of energy. That would give the real clue to the purpose of these constructions. 

Such evidence is all over the Planet, he says. The stone blocks of Balbek in Lebanon (even now in 2020 we still don’t have the technology that can move blocks weighing 1200 tonnes). Or the 400-tonne blocks in a small chamber in the Cheops Pyramid. Or the construction in Peru I mentioned above.   

We cannot rely only on our 5 senses. If we base everything on these, we are doomed to wander around the truth forever. 

But Osmanagic believes that one day our civilization will catch up to the truth. Only when we allow ourselves to consider it, are we going to uncover the vast mysteries of our planet.

A Youtube clip with English subtitles of Osmanagic talking about the site, that I found on this informative blog post with detailed photographs.

And as for whether you feel the energy up there or not, I can’t say for certain. I certainly felt uplifted.

How to get there? 

Daorson is located at Ošanjići, 3km northwest from the town of Stolac in  Bosnia and Herzegovina. The road to the site is rough (you don’t need a 4WD), but Google Maps will take you all the way. There are signs posted, but they are badly maintained, some have faded, some are knocked down. 

It is a magnificent road, a road that looks from start to finish as if it is leading to nowhere.

While I researched to write this post, I learned that it was only upgraded for use by visitors in 2018. I am not sure if that is accurate because there is a dreamy village nearby where people still live. And they have cars.

Note: There is an abandoned 15th century Orthodox Church and Bosnian Stone Seats in the village of Osanjici about which I have written in this blog post.  

Things to consider

We went on a clear, warm April day and it was wonderful. I imagine that in the middle of the summer it would be extremely hot and in winter it would be windy. Bring water and sun protection. Watch your kids, the site is on a high cliff and there is no fencing anywhere. 

You can climb all Daorson walls
Kids can’t resist climbing

As an ending, I am going to copy this quote from the UNESCO site:  “The (Daorson) site is exposed to rapid deterioration as a result of lack of maintenance and failure to carry out even minimum protection measures,” with a sincere hope that the relevant authorities will protect the site, but also hoping that as the blocks have survived thousands of years of weather and wars in these volatile grounds, they may survive a few thousand more without our help. 

A view from the ruins of Daorson, Osanjici
Daorson is a great place to just stop by and quietly take in the world.

19 Comments

  1. I love how detailed this post was on Daorson. The scenery there is beautiful, and I also thought with the blocks being so heavy how would they transport them, or even place them. How amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I’m sure doing deeper research made the visit to this site more interesting and that you were more engaged. I have a former student from Bosnia and Herzegovina so I’ll have yo check in with her about this.

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      Yes, I love to read up on a place I visited. I rarely read up much before, because I can only relate anything I read after the visit (not always the best approach)

  3. Thanks for a lovely beautifully written post. I love this place. I am a fan of travel and I have never heard of this place. I love the details you go into and write from different angles. The valley is beautiful and so are the pics.

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      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! Much appreciated

  4. The place is such a gem! You gave lots of details regarding it. I looooove all your photos. I hope someday I can go there despite. Lol!

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      Thank you! I hope you do someday, when the world is back to normal 🙂

  5. That’s such a beautiful view! I love nice sights, but I enjoy them all the more when coupled with some history and background like this.

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      Yes, an old backstory always makes everything that more special!

  6. What an interesting, mysterious and historical site to visit! It’s crazy that it’s not better protected, but also lovely that you can visit without any hassle.

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      Yes, exactly, Kat, two sides of the coin! Tourist sites sometimes lose their appeal because of the crowds!

  7. I not only loved Daorson but loved the way that you look us through this lovely location. We missed this part of the world when we were in Croatia last summer and had initially planned a trip. It though reminded me of the Greek ruins of Salona that we visited from Split. But Daorson has much more to offer.

  8. how curious! I really wonder what it really have been through out all the history. I miss ruins, it feels so special there

  9. I love that you can go enjoy this area without having to worry about the crowds. You couldn’t ask for something better right now with the need for social distancing, right? It looks like a really fun trip to take with the kids – a great chance to learn about the history of an area!

  10. What a great place to explore while using your imagination! My husband watches the Ancient Aliens shows–they are definitely interesting theories lol.

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      I love Ancient Aliens! I mean, it is not crazier than many things we believe anyway 😉

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