Archaeologists Discover Pre-Columbian Ruins

August 12, 2005

ARCHAEOLOGISTS from the Costa Rican National Museum discovered the ruins of a large pre-Columbian home dating back to 1,000 B.C. in the country’s Southern Zone, La Nación reported. National Museum Director Francisco Corrales told the daily the archaeological structure is “in good shape and with impressive dimensions.”The house has a 25-meter diameter with an 18-meter access ramp and is located in Palmar Sur, some 300 kilometers south of San José, Corrales said.The home also features a wall made of river rocks, 1.5 meters high, possibly built to protect the building from the constant flooding from the nearby Térraba River, originally named “Diquis,” which means “big water.”National Museum specialists discovered the ruins during the first large-scale archaeological excavation in the last decade on the farm “Finca 6” in Palmar Sur.The investigation spreads over 10 hectares the National Museum owns in the area. Museum officials say they want the area to be declared a World Heritage site, as it is home to the famous stone spheres found only in Costa Rica. The origins of the spheres remain a mystery.The National Museum will announce the area’s candidacy as a World Heritage site next year to the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO).Researchers told the daily that the complexity of the construction leads them to believe the home belonged to a person with great political, social and religious power, perhaps a chief.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Silvia Baltodano: passion for Costa Rica`s musical theater
Weekend Arts Spotlight
573 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
573 views

Silvia Baltodano: passion for Costa Rica`s musical theater

Iva Alvarado - October 21, 2018

The curiosity to meet artists at their workspace led me to Silvia Baltodano; an actress, singer, dancer, teacher, activist and…

The future of tropical forests restoration is community led
Environment & Wildlife
1186 views
Environment & Wildlife
1186 views

The future of tropical forests restoration is community led

Fabíola Ortiz - October 21, 2018

The future of restoring tropical forests should not be exclusively in the hands of governments, argues Rebecca Cole, director of…

Five dead in Costa Rica rafting accident
Costa Rica
6048 views
Costa Rica
6048 views

Five dead in Costa Rica rafting accident

AFP - October 21, 2018

Four U.S. tourists and a fifth Costa Rican were killed after a river rafting accident on Saturday, the Red Cross…