They are Back!
I haven't written a Ancient and Lost Civilization thread in a while and I thought I'd toss out some more speculation and theories about an Idea I've
entertained for many years. I was surfing through some of the older threads here at ATS and came across this jewel of a thread titled,
Mysterious Stone Spheres of Costa Rica and a US Agent
. Written by our very own
It's a fascinating read, Well worth the time to take a gander. ATS Member Chamberf=6
and I were thinking along the same lines...
I had never heard of these
before and I am quite intrigued. Wow. 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?
This recently sent me on a search for the latest information regarding these strange and enigmatic ancient creations that have fascinated me ever
since I first read about them in an old beautifully illustrated book at my local library between little league seasons. I came across this little
New find of mysterious stone spheres in Costa Rica
Workers digging a secondary drainage canal for a banana plantation in Costa Rica’s Osa canton discovered what is just the latest in series of stone
spheres that raise more questions than they answer for archaeologists.
Locally the stone spheres are known as Las Bolas. Over the years just over three hundred of them have been discovered across the Diqius Delta and on
Isla del Cano in Costa Rica. The stone spheres range in size from just a few inches to over six and a half feet in diameter. Some of them weigh as
much as fifteen tons. This latest Las Bolas artifact measures fifty-five centimeters in diameter.
Work on the drainage canal stopped immediately when the sphere was found and workers called the National Museum. The sphere is already being prepped
for safe shipment back to the museum in San Jose. Along with the Las Bolas the remains of pre-Columbian pottery and tools were discovered at the site,
a former rice field, which has never before been excavated.
It's good to know that they are still discovering these stone balls. I question, should the star/constellation pattern theory be looked at a bit more
seriously? This then raises the question as to what were their original purposes. Over the centuries I'm sure those preceding us have asked the same
questions as to who and why. Not only have many been moved to museums and private collections from their original spot in the relatively modern era,
there is not telling how many in Pre-Columbian periods have been moved as well.
Were they originally meant to represent star constellations? The various sizes could represent star brightness. The larger ones are brighter stars
and the lesser ones smaller ones and so on etc. The locations could represent star patterns important to them [For whatever reason] which to our
modern view of constellation may not be the same. Now there is an interesting idea.
Ironically, while the sphere seems a natural choice in astronomical observations, it is probably also the least likely use of these balls.
It is important to remember where these balls were made and deployed. This is a region of dense tropical rain forests. Placing a large number of
spheres in an astrological alignment, presumes that you can view this alignment. In most cases, that would be prohibitive, unless there were large
tracks of cleared lands in this region 1,000 years ago. It is not impossible, just very improbable.
Dr. Tim McGuinness
That sounds pretty definitive but it's an educated guess. This is why in my opinion that these new discoveries are so important. GPS readings should
be taken of all known balls that are still in their original locations for comparison.
This theory/idea was looked at and considered by some but with the wrong objective in my opinion. That was for they representing "Astronomical
Devices" The deal with that is that most of the time they are looking for specific alignments rather than an overall Earthly reflection of a night sky
view of the heavens possibly spread out over vast areas of the region for reasons still unknown.
I believe the evidence [albeit circumstantial] is starting to build that there was more to the sizes and locations of these mysterious stone balls
which we just needed to find the primer. Some feel that we may have already.
One investigator noted that the images carved on one ancient sphere corresponded to a star chart of
Star chart showing exact constellation believed to be depicted on the stone
1- M31 Andromeda's galaxy; 2- Mirach (Beta Andromeda); 3- Alpheratz (Alpha Andromeda); 4- Omicron Andromeda; 5- HR8632 in the Lacerta constellation
(Yale catalogue of stars); 6- Scheat (Beta Pegasus); 7- Psi Pegasus; 8- Pi Pegasus; 9- Algenib (Gamma Pegasus); 10- Theta, Iota, Lambda, Kappa, Gamma
and Omega Pisces; 11- Beta Pisces; 12- Eta Aquarius; 13- Markab (Alpha Pegasus); 14- Homam (Zeta Pegasus); 15- Theta Pegasus; 16- Ancha (Theta
Aquarius); 17- Sadalsud (Beta Aquarius); 18- Alpha Equuleus; 19- Enif (Epsilon Pegasus); 20- HR8313 in the Pegasus constellation (Yale catalogue of
stars); 21- HR8173 in the Pegasus constellation (Yale catalogue of stars); 22- Delphinus constellation; ?- Figure not yet defined in astronomical
It is true that the spheres are often found in groups of a dozen to twenty stones and that these groupings have shown to be aligned to North and
South. A stone has also been found carved with petroglyphs that have been attributed to stellar constellations, adding to the "un-earthliness" of
The photos posted and discussed supposedly show a stone with carvings of stellar constellations, with depictions of the 'bright box' shape of Pegasus
and Andromeda. Is that possible? Possibly, how probable though?
SourceThe construction of the spheres would have required a high degree of
measurement and mathematics. One perplexing question is why this same level of skill and precision has not been found in any other artifacts of this
era and region.
SourceIn addition to what has
been discussed are the 1943 drawings of Doris Stone. The two map plans were taken by Lothrop from Stone's article in American Antiquity titled, A
Preliminary Investigation of the Flood Plain of the Rio Grande de Terraba, Costa Rica, Vol. 9, No.1, pg. 78. Left: A mound with 14 balls on Farm 5.
Right: Ten large balls on Farm 7
In the end it's just a theory that should be looked at a bit more seriously. We do not know what their original purpose was. There is much speculation
about to their true purpose. I for one believe they once were locations for certain stars and or constellations that were important to them. We may
never know for sure because so many have been moved, destroyed and not to mention those of which are still to be discovered and which may never be.
If any of you reading this have ever been away from city lights [or any man made lights for that matter] either camping, hiking or on long road trips
and viewed the heavens on a clear night you know what I'm talking about and just how amazing and immense the view truly is.
I have no doubt that man of that period with no TV, Movies, Interwebs etc etc etc probably enjoyed their free night time just with a camp fire and
would look up and ask in amazement 'what’s it all about?' I know I still ask that....
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