Monday, October 31, 2011

The Narrow Neck of Land - Panama and Costa Rica

Museo de Oro - San Jose, Costa Rica.

Pre-Columbian face from Costa Rica.

Costa Rica - Turrialba - pre-Columbian toll-gate and walls for the road-way system - located just above the Narrow Neck of land. The Guayabo National Monument is Costa Rica's most important archaeological site. Costa Rica may not be famous for its archaeological history like Guatemala's Tikal or the Incan ruins of Peru, but veiled in the shadow of the Turrialba Volcano - like a mythical "lost city" from a storybook - lies a mysterious ancient city that was home to over 10,000 people who seemed to have mysteriously vanished just before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century.
The excavations at Guayabo have revealed a network of cobblestone causeways and streets, open and closed aqueducts, cisterns, stairways, mounds, petroglyphs, monoliths, tombs, and sculptures that belong to a pre-Columbian city, which was inhabited between 1000 B.C. and 1400 A.D. For your tour a guide will walk you through the entire park while explaining the findings of the excavations and the history of the people that once lived there

There are pre-Columbian ruins in Costa Rica above the Narrow Neck of Land - Panama.

The stone spheres of Costa Rica.

"Archaeologists now know that civilization existed in Costa Rica for thousands of years before the arrival of Columbus, and evidence of human occupation in the region dates back 10,000 years. Among the cultural mysteries left behind by the area's pre-Columbian inhabitants are thousands of perfectly spherical granite bolas that have been found near the west coast. The sizes of these inimitable relics range from that of a baseball to that of a Volkswagen bus. Ruins of a large, ancient city complete with aqueducts were recently found east of San Jose, and some marvelously sophisticated gold and jade work was being wrought in the southwest as far back as 1,000 years ago. Some archeological sites in the central highlands and Nicoya peninsula have shown evidence of influence from the Mexican Olmec and Nahuatl civilizations."

The Narrow Neck of Land - Book of Mormon
The narrow neck of land in Mormon's detailed description of the Nephite and Lamanite lands, extends from the east to the west sea and is the ...

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