Six Ancient Stone Spheres from Diquís Delta in Costa Rica Excavated

Archaeologists from Costa Rica’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) and the National Museum of Costa Rica (MNCR) have recovered and restored six ancient stone spheres from the small island of Isla del Caño and the Diquís Delta. Archaeologists from Mexico’s National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography (ENCRyM) were also involved in the collaborative conservation-restoration project. The collaborative Program for the Conservation of the Cacicales del Diquís Settlements between the institutes from the two nations has completed its fifth season with this project, according to the INAH website .

Mystery Stone Spheres
These mystery stone spheres add to the tally of around 300 previously discovered spheres that in 2014 were largely responsible for the Pre-Columbian Chiefdom Settlements with Stone Spheres of the Diquís making it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

The stone spheres were first discovered by workers of the United Fruit Company while clearing the forest in the Diquís Delta region for banana plantations in 1940. Not realizing their archaeological worth, the spheres were freely used as ornaments in the front yards of government buildings and fruit company executives, according to an article in Ancient Origins . In the process, apart from being moved from their original l