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Updated on March 17, 2011

In 1930 workers clearing jungle land in Costa Rica preparing for the development of a banana plantation discovered something they didn’t expect. Dozens of what appeared to be hand-honed balls were found in many different sizes scattered all over the area. The balls ranged in size from a that of an orange to giant balls measuring more than six feet in diameter and weighing 16 tons. All are perfectly round to within two centimeters. It is still unknown who made these spheres or why they took such care to create them so precisely.

Thousands of balls were found along river beds and in ancient cemetery sites in the valley of the Río Térraba, located in the southwest portion of Costa Rica, and on Caño Island, nine miles off the Pacific coast. Some of them were found at locations more than fifty miles from the nearest site from which they could have been quarried. This is the only place this sort of man-made creation has been found.

Almost all of the stone orbs are made of granodiorite, a hard, igneous stone.Were they an expression of art, or did the creator(s) of these mysterious sculptures have a utilitarian use for them?  No one will ever know for sure. 



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