The Ancients Liked to Play Ball?

Stone spheres in the courtyard of the National...

Stone spheres in the courtyard of the National Museum of Costa Rica (Photo credit: Mordac)

I ran into a page on the Stone Balls of Costa Rica a few weeks ago and thought they were really cool.  It is so much fun studying these things out with you!  Even Wikipedia has a nice page on these rocks, so it’s not just the UFO and Bible fanatics who know these things are real!  The rocks found in Costa Rica range in size from just a few inches/centimeters to some that are over 2m [6 1/2ft] diameter weighing about 15 tons!

There is no way to tell how old a carving really is on these rocks, and most of the 300 or so that we’ve found aren’t where they were originally put, like the ones that have been moved to the National Museum. I did find an interesting page on these stones at World Mysteries. When people first started rediscovering them in the 1940s, a number of them were found on mounds, arranged in lines or geometrical shapes.  One group of four made a line pointing to Magnetic North.

English: Potbelly sculpture from Monte Alto in...This reminded me of something else I’d read about recently.

The Fat Boys and other stone sculptures of Guatamala. These round figures of people’s heads or whole bodies often have something very odd about them: they are naturally magnetic. This wouldn’t be something to write home about, except that we can tell the sculptors knew the rocks were magnetic. Every time they carved one, they made sure the north pole of the rock was by the right side of the forehead, or by the belly button of the body. We can’t figure out why they bothered with this, but we know they knew what they
were doing!

English: A Carved Stone Ball from Towie in Abe...

Back to stone spheres. Wikipedia also had some pages talking about some that I’d never heard of before. Scotland has some very strange looking stone carvings. They aren’t smooth balls to roll around, but have odd knobs like the one in this drawing. I found a webpage with a whole bunch of photos talking about these rocks. They were first rediscovered loose in farm fields and other odd places, but a few have been found in a collection that show they were made by the earliest settlers on the island.

Although many of these stones are rough and unpolished, they have careful proportions that show the sculptors were smart people.  Some of these stones show the shapes of the five “Platonic Solids” which certainly show that these were not brainless “primitives.”

Nobody can figure what the ancients used these tennis ball sized orbs for.  One archeology student thinks they might have helped roll the megaliths for their stone circles into place!  It works pretty well, and is a good guess anyway!

O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.  Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?  Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD.  Jeremiah 16:19-21

For more information, see my Quotes of the Day and check these pages out:

Bosnian Stone Spheres I’d have your parents watching if you want to explore the rest of that site.  There’s only one (small book sized) webpage on these stones written by a member of the scientific community (I wonder why?).   They are made of volcanic rocks like the Costa Rica ones that no one questions anymore, though.  What do you think?

Strange Attraction:  The Mystery of Magnetism A long article by the archeologist whose student discovered the Fat Boys’ magnetic properties

Article with pictures of Costa Rica stones in their original locations (this one mentions the idea of Space Aliens having made a galactic map with them)

CelticNZ technical article with the science behind the arrangement of the Costa Rica Stones

Wikipedia: Grave Orbs showing more ancient fascination with round rocks

An Architect’s take on the Scottish Orbs

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