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Costa Rica Calendar of Events Atlantis proponent next forum speaker By Staff Aug 8, 2005, 15:48
The lost island of Atlantis may have been here in Costa Rica according to author and professor Ivar Zapp. Zapp is the next scheduled speaker in the monthly speaker’s forum at Big Mike’s Place in Escazú. His speech is scheduled for Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. The one-hour talk is called “Traces of an Unknown Civilization.” In 1940, workers in southwest Costa Rica were clearing land for the United Fruit Co. when they stumbled upon stone spheres as large as nine feet in diameter buried in the earth. According to Zapp, the spheres were used by the Huetar Indians for navigation. Zapp said that the spheres prove that the skill of the Huetar in finding such out of the way places as Easter Island and the Falkland Islands was on the same level as that of the ancient Polynesians. His speech will be about the process that lead to his book “Atlantis in America.” Zapp came to Costa Rica 33 years ago as an artist. He was invited by the University of Costa Rica to give a lecture on art. Afterwards, he said, officials invited him to be a professor. He said that he had had an interest in the spheres and often included them in his paintings. So when the University offered him the chance, he decided to find out what purpose the spheres served. His speech will be about that research, he said. He is convinced that not only were the spheres used for directional astronomy but also that the spot in southwest Costa Rica where they were found is Plato’s lost island of Atlantis. Entrance is 1,000 colons, a bit more than $2. Guests are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sample the snack bar and refreshments. For more information call 289-6333, 821-4708 or Mike at 289-6087.
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