Costa Rica: 26 September 2021: These mysterious artifacts were created many centuries ago in great numbers for unknown reasons, and have mostly ended up as lawn ornaments. The spheres are commonly attributed to the extinct Diqu?s culture.
At first, they might seem like a new landscaping trend, but in fact these rounded stones are mysterious artifacts that were created centuries ago in great numbers. But we don?t exactly know why. Located on the Diqu?s Delta and on Isla del Ca?o, the stone spheres of Costa Rica are an assortment of over 300 petrospheres also known as bolas de piedra (literally stone balls).
The spheres, which look perfectly round, are commonly attributed to the extinct Diqu?s culture, and are the best-known stone sculptures from the Isthmo-Colombian area.
In the 1930s, the United Fruit Company was clearing land in the Diqu?s Valley of Costa Rica, when workers began unearthing large numbers of almost perfectly round stone spheres. The largest of these undoubtedly man-made balls is over two meters (6.6 ft) in diameter and weighs over 16 tons.
No one actually knows why they were made. There are many theories but little proof. Some believe they denoted rank or kingship, others think they were merely status symbols or perhaps tribe symbols.