Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Fascinating Read: The Stone Balls Of Costa Rica


300 perfect round, smooth balls carved out of stone with no apparent functional purpose; the handiwork of inhabitants of Costa Rica before the spanish colonisation. Called The Stone Balls Of Costa Rica, the story behind their existence have remained a mystery since they were found by United Fruit Company in the 1930s. 

Ranging from the size of a tennis ball to around 8 feet in diameter, they have now been dated to between 600 and 1000 AD. The mystery of the balls is compounded by the absence of any written records of the culture of the people who created them. No one in Costa Rica had any idea who made the stones, why or how they got there. Isn't that so strange?

I've tried to hazard a guess as to what they were used for; I come up blank each time. Our ancestors really we're a brilliant bunch don't you think?

©Naomi Lucas
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