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Prehistoric Stone Balls--a Mystery By Eleanor Lothrop
Why should hundreds of these perfectly shaped spheres, ranging in diameter from a few inches to eight feet, be scattered through the jungles southwestern Costa Rica? How could prehistoric people have shaped them with only the crudest of tools? And how could they have moved them over hill and dale from the distant sources of stone? No other stone balls of like size have been found anywhere else in the world, except for a few in the highlands of Guatemala and in Vera Cruz. The smooth, beautiful and almost perfectly rounded spheres give mute testimony to the artistic powers of an ancient people and tax modern man’s ingenuity in explaining their workmanship and significance.
Anthropologists as Spies
"As regards the archaeological cover for my work in Peru, it was based on the understanding that I was to be in the country six months or less. It is wearing thin and some day somebody is going to start asking why an archaeologist spends most of his time in towns asking questions. This won't happen as soon as it might because the Rockefeller grant for research in Peru makes me a contact man between the field workers and the government."
University of Kansas researcher investigates mysterious stone spheres in Costa Rica
"We really don't know why they were made," Hoopes said. "The people who made them didn't leave any written records. We're left to archeological data to try to reconstruct the context. The culture of the people who made them became extinct shortly after the Spanish conquest. So, there are no myths or legends or other stories that are told by the indigenous people of Costa Rica about why they made these spheres."
Some day more information may be procured, but meanwhile the balls remain as enigmatical as the huge statues on Easter Island or the monuments of Stonehenge. In each of these places, enormous stones have been quarried, shaped, and moved without mechanical devices except ropes for hauling them and inclined ramps for lifting them.
Maybe our own civilization contains elements of material culture that will survive all knowledge of their purpose. So it goes: one era’s triumph is the next era’s riddle.
Originally posted by Chamberf=6
I wonder if these were meant to represent constellations and/or planets laid out (in their original locations) in a sort of star map on the ground?
Originally posted by Crossfate
Have they ever broken one open....?
Originally posted by Kandinsky
Originally posted by Harte
You know full well that these are the gamepieces left from a marbles game when the Nephilim had to beat it out of there in a hurry when they heard about the wrath of God.
Originally posted by seataka
RE Stone Spheres
From The answer is right n front of you department
Costa Rica is a series of valleys and steep hills. there isnt a flat place in the country.. the small flat areas are where you often build a village...surrounded by steep valleys.
*IF* I were king in a mountain top village before there was gunpowder, I would use gravity to fight my enemies and stack up huge piles of these things at the tops of hills, as a deterrent to being invaded, or having my wife and her jewels stolen, and my heart cut out as an offering...
I would make them out of harder than normal stone so that I could use them again, like the space shuttle.
If a band of marauders were to come from the next valley... I would mow them down like bowling pins on the steep paths going up the village.
These tactics would work best when there was dense growth so that you could not see them coming, and time to get out of the way. The paths going up and down could have been gently engineered to guide these projectiles...
And you wondered why the Inca built cities on the tops of mountains,, can't roll any big boulders over them there... and you can mow down the approaching enemy as if you were bowling..
[edit on 9-4-2010 by seataka]