Costa Rica pre-Columbian Stone Spheres join World Heritage List of UNESCO

Four archaeological sites located in Osa, Puntarenas, entered the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Finca 6, Batambal, Grijalva 2 and El Silencio sites preserved remains of pre-Columbian cultures that inhabited the delta Diquís as mounds, paved, burial structures and the enigmatic stone spheres.

“The pre-Columbian stone spheres settlements Diquis illustrate the complexity of the political, social and production of pre-Columbian society’s hierarchical structures,” said UNESCO among the criteria behind the decision.

On the pre-Columbian spheres that are present in these four sites, UNESCO said that “represent an exceptional testimony to the artistic traditions and craftsmanship of these pre-Columbian societies.”

They added that the registration of these sites on the World Heritage List was based on his “outstanding universal value”.

This is the first time that Costa Rica manages the registration of cultural property, has registered three natural sites: the Cocos Island National Park, Guanacaste Conservation Area and International La Amistad Park (Cordillera de Talamanca), which is shared with Panama.

The spheres are located at south Pacific area.  Come and enjoy the indigene heritage and by the way don’t miss the opportunity to visit the north Pacific area with its beautiful beaches and great surfing.

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Costa Rica pre-Columbian Stone Spheres

The Columbian spheres were made between 400 AD and 1500 AD by the pre-Columbian cultures that inhabited the southern part of Costa Rica. Photo Credit: La Nación.

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