Costa Rica is known and recognized for its biodiversity and hundreds of kilometers of pristine beaches, but it’s also home to one of the biggest archaeological mysteries of all times: the Costa Rica Diquis stone spheres.
The stones were originally discovered in 1939 by the United Fruit Company as they were clearing out the dense rain forests to create space for banana plantations. It’s believed that the stones were made around 800 A.D.
Over 300 stones have been found to date, mainly located throughout the Diquis Delta in the Pacific South area of Costa Rica. However, only about 10% of the spheres are actually in their original location; the rest have been moved to various museums, parks and government buildings, even traveling all the way to the Costa Rica Embassy in Washington D.C.
The stones are a true mystery both in their origin and their purpose. Because of their size, bulk, and precision, many believe that it’s impossible that indigenous tribes created and positioned these colossal stones (As they did not know the wheel, or had animals to move them), many of which are 7 feet in diameter and weigh 20 tons.
In a CNN Global Treasures report, it was even speculated that the stones could be the result of aliens or remnants from the lost city of Atlantis. However, the report also discusses recent developments in an area known as Finca 6, where six partially buried stones line up perfectly with the rising sun two times per year. Because of this, a new theory is that the spheres were a way of gauging time.
No matter what their official story is, the stones have captured the curiosity of the globe, even becoming a recognized World Heritage Site in 2014.
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