National Museum restoring Costa Rica’s largest pre-Columbian sphere
More than three years of analysis are culminating in 2019 with the restoration of Costa Rica’s largest pre-Columbian stone sphere.
The National Museum showcased its efforts Wednesday at El Silencio archaeological site in Palmar Sur de Osa, Puntarenas.
According to the National Museum, the principal objective of the restoration project is “to preserve the historical and archaeological value of this archaeological resource.”
“The works carried out are due to a need to improve the sphere’s conditions given its age and the effects of the climate,” said Wendy Segura, spokesperson for the National Museum. “This process seeks to improve the conditions of this sphere and allows it to maintain its optimal state of stability.”
The project will be completed with in a partnership with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and its National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography.
The sphere in question weighs nearly 53,000 pounds and has a diameter of 8.73 feet.
Read more about Costa Rica’s mysterious stone spheres in The Tico Times.
You may be interested
Pic of the Day: A red-eyed tree frog in Bijagua, Costa RicaThe Tico Times - December 11, 2019
Hoppy Wednesday, everyone! The red-eyed tree frog has become a Costa Rican icon as a result of its ubiquity and…
Costa Rica takes final step in establishing when, how therapeutic abortions can be performedAlejandro Zúñiga - December 11, 2019
Costa Rica on Tuesday sent the text of a technical norm that will allow for therapeutic abortions in some instances…
NGO reveals serious torture and sexual abuse of prisoners in NicaraguaAFP and The Tico Times - December 11, 2019
Nicaraguan opponents jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega suffer torture and sexual abuse at the hands of their jailers,…