World heritage status marked for spheres

There are a series of discussion and workshops to celebrate the first anniversary of the country’s stone spheres achieving world heritage status.

There will be events in San José and also at the site of the spheres in the canton of Osa, said the Museo Nacional.

The spheres still are enigmas, but next Tuesday will mark a year since the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization placed them on the world heritage list.

Costa Rican officials are hoping that the new status will make them top tourist draws. A satellite museum has been erected at the site of the spheres.

Rocío Fernández, director of the museum, said that a series of scientific studies had been done in conjunction with the  Universidad de Costa Rica over the spheres.

Francisco Corrales, a former museum director, is now in charge of the site and museum where the spheres are located. He gave the first presentation Wednesday afternoon. He was to discuss the method and the challenges in achieving the U.N. designation.

Ana Eduarte,  restoration expert, is scheduled to speak today at the museum at 4 p.m on the state of the spheres and the strategies for their conservation.

Next Tuesday at the museum primary school children will attend a workshop on the spheres.

Corrales will repeat his presentation Tuesday at the  Museo Finca 6 in Osa Tuesday at 9 a.m. There will be  discussion on this topic in  Palmar Norte at 4 p.m. the same day.

A more complete schedule is  HERE!

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