A BUSINESSMAN with a love for mystery and legend has become a modern-day Indiana Jones, abandoning his job for weeks on end to travel to dig sites in foreign climes.
Nigel Grace, 61, of Park Crescent in Forest Row, is the managing director of a software design utility company.
But the sprightly amateur historian has a second life as an intrepid explorer of the "pyramids" near the Bosnian town of Visoko, northwest of Sarajevo.
He contends – despite weighty scientific evidence to the contrary – that these mountains are not natural.
Whatever the truth behind them, his talks regularly attract large groups of people, some of whom subsequently travel out to Bosnia to see the pyramids for themselves.
He explained: "I've always been fascinated by ancient history and I loved reading Arthurian legends. I saw a lecture online about the pyramids and was enthralled and thought, 'how am I going to get there?'
"I was excited at the thought of becoming an explorer. It was as if it was 150 years ago and I was going to see the Egyptian pyramids."
Mr Grace made contact with a group investigating the pyramids, and travelled to Bosnia five times, becoming something of an authority on the subject.
The avid explorer is aware there are many people who believe the pyramids are naturally occurring – but gently dismisses the suggestion that people might see him as a "crank".
He said: "I'm not a scientist or archaeologist. But I believe it is like an underground Stonehenge."
Mr Grace added that he had seen ceramic blocks and vortices of water with "healing properties" under the pyramids.
Academics and historians have been widely reported as stating any reports the pyramids are anything other than naturally occurring are false, with some suggesting they are even a hoax.
Mr Grace's next talk is on May 11 at 7.30pm at Forest Row Village Hall. Tickets at the door are £8, or in advance £6.50 by calling 07748 712694, or visiting www. creativepotential.co.uk