If they were not already, the legislature is in the process of designating the stone spheres or southwestern Costa Rica as official national symbols.
The action came Wednesday in the Comisión con Potestad Legislativa Plena Primera, a legislative unit that has the power to act on measures that are not very controversial.
The stone spheres and the culture that is presumed to have made them have been designated a U.N. world heritage site. And there is a new museum at the location in the canton of Osa.
The designation amplifies to some extent the protection of the spheres, which are under the jurisdiction of the Museo Nacional. The measure, which receives the first of two approvals also tells the Ministerio de Educación Pública to include the pre-Columbian spheres in the curriculum.