New find of mysterious, ancient stone spheres in Costa Rica
Locally the stone spheres are known as Las Bolas. Over the years just over three hundred of them have been discovered across the Diqius Delta and on Isla del Cano in Costa Rica. The stone spheres range in size from just a few inches to over six and a half feet in diameter. Some of them weigh as much as fifteen tons. This latest Las Bolas artifact measures fifty-five centimeters in diameter.
Work on the drainage canal stopped immediately when the sphere was found and workers called the National Museum. The sphere is already being prepped for safe shipment back to the museum in San Jose. Along with the Las Bolas the remains of pre-Columbian pottery and tools were discovered at the site, a former rice field, which has never before been excavated.
These stone spheres were first originally discovered by the United Fruit Company in the 1930s. Workers bulldozed the spheres out of the way of the companyâ€™s banana plantations until rumors began that they had centers of pure gold. Countless spheres were dynamited for their mythical gold centers before archaeologists intervened. Since their discovery the spheres have found permanent homes outside many museums, hospitals, and government buildings across Costa Rica. Many of the smaller finds have ended up in the private collections of wealthy buyers around the world. In Costa Rica they remain something of a status symbol for the rich.
A lot of myths and speculation have surrounded the spheres. It is said that they are perfect in roundness, a feat thought to be impossible for a hand carved stone. This myth persist despite scientific calculations that prove they are as much as two inch out of round and that years of damage and erosion has greatly altered their size and shapes. In the 1970s Erich von DĂ¤niken's book â€śChariots of the Godsâ€ť speculated that the stones were alien in origin while others over the years have linked them to the lost city of Atlantis. Local mythology about the spheres says that the ancient people who created them possessed a potion that softened the stone and made it pliable to being molded into a round shape.
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More 'Los Bolas' as they are known in Costa Rica have been discovered during construction excavation on a banana plantation. These stone spheres are just the latest discovery, there are over three hundred of these spheres in Costa Rica. The balls, which are perfectly formed, range in size from a few inches in diameter to over six feet in...
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