Costa Rica News – If you have spent any time at all in Costa Rica or you are going to travel to Costa Rica, I’m sure you have wondered “What’s with all the stone spheres everywhere?” If you haven’t seen them, think of the ball of stone that almost crushed Indiana Jones in the movie.
Recently a man named John Hoopes made a trip to Costa Rica to study these stones for the United Nations cultural organization (UNESCO). This organization might place World Heritage Status on the strange spheres. His work here will determine whether the sites where these are found will be protected because of their value to mankind.
Hoopes is an expert on these Costa Rican spheres. Their history is old but the international interest seems to be just beginning! He tells us that they were found as land was cleared for banana plantations. 300 of them are known to exist. Some even weigh 16 tons and take up 8 feet! While a few remain in their original location in the Diquis Delta region, most have been moved to be displayed or damaged due to weather and natural disasters.
The stones are dated to 600 A.D. by radiocarbon dating and comparison to pottery styles of the time. Some argue that they were last used around that year but were actually created possibly centuries earlier.
The guesses as to what they were used for are numerous. Some say they are from the lost continent of Atlantis while others associate them with extraterrestrials. They also may have been used to help mark direction or used in association with making pottery. Some of them show marks of being hammered. There are no written records from that time period. The culture that used them died out after the Spanish conquest. For one reason or another, a group of people sculpted large rocks into spheres.
Which myth do you believe is the truth behind this mystery?