Baffling archeologists for centuries, The Stone Spheres of Cano Island remain as one of Costa Rica’s greatest mysteries. This assortment of over 300 petrospheres located on Cano Island delights and puzzles tourists and locals alike as this World Heritage Site has become a significant part of Costa Rican culture and tradition.
Some of the most asked questions are: “How did they get there?” “What is their purpose?” and, “Who ‘built’ them?” Of the numerous individuals that have tried to solve the mystery surrounding these spheres, no one has been able to come up with a comprehensive conclusion, yet.
One Of Costa Rica’s Greatest Mysteries: The Stone Spheres
How Were They Discovered?
These mysterious spheres were discovered in the 1930’s when workers from nearby banana plantations found them hiding among the vegetation. The historical artifacts were turned into statues, and famous politicians and businessmen began to place smaller Stone Sphere ornaments in front of their houses. According to researchers, around 3000 of these mysterious spheres have been discovered through the years, some of them have destroyed as people broke them apart thinking they would find gold. The exact number of spheres is a mystery as researchers believe some of these spheres are still buried underground, yet to be discovered.
These Stone Spheres prove their builders to be of incredible masonry skill, as research from the University of Pennsylvania, says these spheres are 96% perfect. The age of the spheres is an ongoing debate, but according to many, the spheres go back between 800 and 1200 B.C. Yet, some hold to the belief that they are even older than that.
Musings Over Their Origins
Some people believe that these monumental stone spheres of Costa Rica “are proof” that Atlantis, the mythical island continent described by the Greek philosopher Plato, was in America. Ivar Zapp and George Erikson are two anthropologists who support this theory as in explaining the origin and function of the pre-Columbian artifacts. According to these two researchers, the hundreds of spheres, ranging between 0.5 and 2.50 meters in diameter, are evidence that the Diquís Delta, in the southwest corner of the country, was the place where a highly advanced ancient civilization once settled. In their research, they explain that this ancient pre-Columbian civilization developed a sort of navigation school and that these spheres were used as an important navigational instrument.
According to researchers, it’s key to examine the alignment of mysterious structures to learn more about the ancient civilizations that once inhabited the area. Some researchers claim that megalithic sites such as the Pillars of Hercules (Gibraltar), the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge (England) and Easter Island are proof that the Atlantean civilization was related to other civilization around the globe.
The indigenous people who placed the spheres in their respective locations claim that they were not their builders. The natives took the spheres as a sign from the gods and considered them to be of great importance, yet they hold no claim to creating them.
So if the indigenous people of the region weren’t the ones who built these mysterious spheres, who built them?
Was it an ancient civilization that inhabited the region in pre-Colombian times? Or is it possible that the ancient continent/city of Atlantis did, in fact, exist in South America and these spheres are proof of it?
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