Sunday, September 30, 2012
Stone Spheres of Costa Rica
There are at least 300 of these balls that are known, including several in the National Museum in San Jose, and two are on display in the United States, one at the National Geographic Society in Washington and another at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University.
The stones came to public attention in the 1940's after United Fruit Company uncovered a bunch of them in their agricultural activities. They were made from a very hard stone, called granodiorite. Amazingly, they were transported from the quarry location to places as far as 50 miles away.
This stone is in front of some shops on the circle in the middle of Tamarindo. The stones have been scattered around the country, with some rich people using them for lawn ornaments. There is another in Tamarindo near the beachfront restaurant at the Tamarindo Diria Resort. Before I noticed them right in town, the only one I had seen is at the entrance to the International Airport in Liberia.
Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. This week we are posting photos from Tanzania, Africa.