Palmar Sur is home to the mysterious Pre-Columbian stone spheres found in only few places thru out all of Costa Rica!
What makes these spheres so mysterious is the accuracy to which they were crafted. Diquis orbs ranging from the size of a melon to over two meters in diameter and weighing up to 32,000 lbs have been documented to 96% perfection by way of laser measurements! “The best spheres are perhaps the finest examples of precision stone carving in the ancient world.” These orbs were crafted with such precision that the tape and plum bob measurements of diameter reveal no imperfections.
Most of the highly polished Diquis spheres are sculpted from granodirorite, which is the same material that the Rosetta Stone consists of. No immediate local source exists for the granodirorite, and no stone-working tools have been found near any of the spheres. The granite rock quarries were often 25 to 30 miles away from the largest spheres. Transport of these magnificent artifacts was an engineering feat of its own!
While proper dating for their creation is somewhat speculative, archaeologists have been able to date the artifacts lying around them back to 400 B.C.E. However due to other environmental factors and the possibility of relocation, it is speculated by some that the true age of the spheres dates back 4,000 years – and the product of a much older culture…
Placement of the Diquis spheres is usually found to be of geometric patterns (rectangles, triangles, straight lines), often aligned to point to the earths magnetic north. Another interesting note about their placement is that many have been found near ancient grave sites.
Myths & Legend:
Some local legends tell of a magic potion that was able to make the rock softwn and more easily manipulated. This legend persists to explain other phenomenon such as the precisely carved and fitted stones of Machu Pichu.
Other legends claim that the spheres were part of a game, once played by giants that inhabited the earth.
Still, other legends revolve around the spheres representation of constellations in the sky.