Category:Stone spheres of Costa Rica

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English: The Pre-Columbian stone spheres of Costa Rica is an assortment of over 300 petrospheres found in the country, located on the Diquís Delta and on Isla del Caño. The spheres are attributed to the extinct Diquís culture and are sometimes referred to as the Diquís Spheres. They are the best-known stone sculptures of the Isthmo-Colombian area. They are thought to have been placed in lines along the approach to the houses of chiefs, but their exact significance remains uncertain. Archaeological excavations near the Diquís Delta have centered on a site known as "Finca 6". The Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements with Stone Spheres of the Diquis was added in June 2014 to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The designated property includes four archaeological sites (Finca 6, Batambal, El Silencio and Grijalba-2) located in the Diquís Delta, which are considered unique examples of the complex social, economic and political systems of the period AD 500–1500. They contain artificial mounds, paved areas, burial sites and, most significantly, a collection of stone spheres, between 0.7 m and 2.57 m in diameter, whose meaning, use and production remain largely a mystery. The spheres are distinctive for their perfection, number, size and density, and placement in original locations. Their preservation from the looting that befell the vast majority of archaeological sites in Costa Rica has been attributed to the thick layers of sediment that kept them buried for centuries.
Esferas de piedra de Costa Rica (es); Costa Rica-i kőgolyók (hu); Esferes de piedra de Costa Rica (ast); esferes de pedra de Costa Rica (ca); Коста-Риканың таш шарҙары (ba); Steinkugeln von Costa Rica (de); Каменныя шары Коста-Рыкі (be); Կոստա Ռիկայի քարե գնդեր (hy); 哥斯達黎加巨型石球 (zh); Costa Ricas stensfærer (da); Sfere de piatră din Costa Rica (ro); コスタリカの石球 (ja); Kamenné gule v Kostarike (sk); Кам'яні кулі Коста Ріки (uk); Costa Rican kivipallot (fi); Ŝton-sferoj de Kostariko (eo); Kamenné koule v Kostarice (cs); Sfere di pietra della Costa Rica (it); sphères mégalithiques du Costa Rica (fr); Kamene lopte kulture Diquís (hr); Esferas de pedra da Costa Rica (pt); Kosta Rikos akmeniniai rutuliai (lt); Batu bulat dari Kosta Rika (id); Kamienne kule z Kostaryki (pl); stenen ballen van Costa Rica (nl); כדורי האבן בקוסטה ריקה (he); Kosta Rika'nın taş küreleri (tr); კოსტა-რიკის ქვის ბურთები (ka); Каменные шары Коста-Рики (ru); Stone spheres of Costa Rica (en); كرات كوستاريكا الحجرية (ar); Λίθινες σφαίρες της Κόστα Ρίκα (el); Costa Ricas stensfärer (sv) Patrimonio de la Humanidad en Costa Rica (es); archäologische Stätte in Costa Rica (de); complex bestaande uit meerdere objecten in Costa Rica (nl); Assortment of over three hundred precolumbian petrospheres in Costa Rica (en); موقع أثري في بونتاريناس، كوستاريكا (ar); régészeti fogalom (hu); Over trehundreder forhistoriske stensfærer i Costa Rica (da) Costa Ricas stenkugler, Diquíssfærer (da); Коста-Рикалағы таш шарҙары (ba)
Stone spheres of Costa Rica 
Assortment of over three hundred precolumbian petrospheres in Costa Rica
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Instance ofarchitectural ensemble (megalith, Petrosphere),
archaeological site
Location Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
8° 54′ 41″ N, 83° 28′ 39″ W
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