The Mysterious Stone Spheres of Costa Rica. .
So many questions arise when talking about these ancient artifacts. .
The stone spheres of Costa Rica are an assortment of over 275 petrospheres, on the Diquís Delta and on Isla del Caño. They are also known as "bolas de piedra" (stone balls). The spheres are commonly attributed to the extinct Diquís culture, and they are, at times, referred to as the "Diquís Spheres". We'll try to sort out some questions for you in the next few minutes. Even researching this story, I did not find very much solid information on this subject. Everything seems to be "theory" or "conjecture". .
Showing up in front yards mostly in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica, the huge, stone "Diquís Spheres" might be noted as a very unique way to landscape one's home. However, the rounded stones are mysterious artifacts that were created centuries ago in great numbers. . no one knows why!
Over 90 years ago, around 1930, many workers from the United Fruit Company, clearing land in the Diquís Valley of Costa Rica, began unearthing large numbers of these almost perfectly-round stone spheres. The largest of these apparently man-made balls is over 7 feet in diameter and weighs well over 25,000 pounds. No one is sure exactly when or how they were made, or for what reason. But, some say that they were most likely made by reducing round boulders to a spherical shape through a combination of controlled fracturing and grinding. They were likely the product of a past civilization that lived here over 1,400 years ago.
As of this year, 2021, most all of the spheres have been removed from their original locations. Many are displayed proudly as simple lawn ornaments across Costa Rica. A half dozen of them are sitting in the courtyard of Costa Rica’s "National Museum" in San Jose, the capital city.
There has been a strong push recently to learn more about these stone spheres. Some texts on the subject associate the spheres with the lost continent, Atlantis, which may have sunk below the surface of the water in the area where the Caribbean Sea is today, or even attribute their existence to extraterrestrial visitors. This theory makes for very good debate on the subject to say the least.
The history of the the Southwestern zone of Costa Rica is steeped in mystery, and at one time, this biologically-intense place was a part of the ocean floor. However, as the volcanoes continued to erupt and the tectonic plates collided, an unbroken land bridge between North and South America formed, and the Osa Peninsula rose violently above the surface of the water. The land bridge between the great continents is in large part responsible for the incredibly-high biodiversity found in this area.
Humans have lived in this area since as far back as 6,000 BC. Many indigenous groups, like the Chiriquí and Borucas, hunted in the lush rainforest of the peninsula. Did they have something to do with the creation of these big stone balls? No one knows for sure.
Some 20 years after Christopher Columbus landed on the beach near Limon, around 1522, explorer Gil Gonzalez Dávila met a local "cacique", or tribal chief, named "OSA", hence the current name of the peninsula. Then in 1569, Sir Francis Drake visited the shores of the OSA Peninsula and was said to have buried a treasure somewhere along the coastline. Scholars have put their heads together to gather as much information as they can to try to sort out the stories behind the mystery of these stone spheres. They have studied the journeys of Gil Gonzalez Davila and Sir Francis Drake to see perhaps if they had anything to do with them. . no one knows. .
For the next 200 years or so, the Southern Pacific Zone became a place that time literally forgot. Then, around the turn of the 18th century, a Spanish naturalist named, "Fernandez de Oveido" who was visiting the region was really impressed with the biodiversity of flora and fauna. Today's scientists and historians dug deep to see if he knew anything about these huge stone spheres. . nothing was discovered.
It is said that there are probably many more stone spheres out there still to be discovered. Groups of modern-day explorers spend lots of free time looking for them.
If you know anything else about these mysterious stone spheres, please let me know. I will continue to do research on them and certainly will share any new information that I think will make for good conversation!
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Costa Rica is a magical place. Since November, 2002, when I first visited this country, I have been in love with the people, the culture, its biodiversity, the food. . everything about it makes me happy! Now I share my excitement with you!