Rubber Olmec Balls

Rubber Olmec Balls:  Cache of Rubber Balls found in Mexico Recently.

If the above is true then I must say this…I know how the ancient Olmecs (means rubber or of the rubber tree) moved large stones (massive stone heads) and why they and the Mayans always had causeways in their cities! It has to do with the Rubber Balls that were developed long ago in Mexico when Latex was discovered and wrapped around perfect river rocks. Recently a large find in Mexico stated that Olmec artifacts were discovered and then under the discovery they stated that there were many rubber balls found buried in the ground for their Ball Game. I am sorry but every kid in my neighborhood remembers putting their sports balls under a board or in a box and moving things around using the “ball-bearing” means of motivation or methodology to move heavy objects or even themselves. It was a no-brainer in my youth.  I thought of this in a dream some time back but the new find supported my contention (see Archaeology Magazine on Olmecs 2007). I was the first to say something about this on the net several years ago and I darn sure better get credit for it.

Rubber Balls for Moving Stones?

I will expand on this later at my site and others. They used the hard rubber balls to move tons of stones all over Mexico…that is why they did not need the wheel…they had the better means allowing more control. “Where the rubber meets the road”…was an old Firestone TV ad in my day. My Dad had a Firestone store in my youth and that is where I began to study Archaeology and Anthropology. I did a report in high school on the Olmecs and Maya ball games using latex rubber.

This realization is a very important breakthrough in thinking. They used rubber balls and wooden crates on top to move everything around ancient Mexico form the Olmecs time period on to today. Utilizing Hard Rubber Balls and three guys or more, one can move a mountain. All you need are about 20 to 30 rubber balls and a pitcher, feeder, and a mover or pusher to keep the load moving in the right direction on a smooth surface (causeway) .  Then came the other inventions. The ancients loved the rubber ball so much, they invented a game that flourished all over Mexico. It became their favorite pastime other than work. Moving the rubber ball around in the most expedient way possible saved time and work…and it became a lot of fun too, even on the job.
— Ron O. Cook


  1. says

    Here we have a dream methodology (sonic waves) and in the hard rubber ball concept, we have a reality. These balls have been found in caches at ancient Olmec sites. They did not utilize the wheel but they sure used the ball-bearing. The game they played was derived from the methods they used to move heavy loads on their eternal causeways which became part of their engineering necessity. I have tangible objects and you have sound waves. Perhaps they used both technologies but why have a number of caches with perfectly round, hard rubber balls?

    I rest my case.

  2. Ab Asaff says

    Indian rubber balls,hey, a great idea but I don’t buy it. I believe that the Olmecs and Maya knew and utilized the same esoteric technology as Ancient Egyptians and a number of other great Ancient Civilizations used to move incrediabe heavy stone works. That being the ability to control gravity using certain sonic sound waves that cut gravity rendering the huge stone near weightless.

    Ab Asaff

  3. says

    Etha Gray and L.Ruiz, thank you so much for posting to this conceptual on the ancients. I believe we have missed the boat entirely with the academic intransigence touted over the years. Something is out of sync in that realm when practitioners are afraid to go against the grain with their theories. I was once associated with a university as a junior administrator and saw so much that I could write books the rest of my life…but no. Yes, we have much to converse about here at this site. Call your friends and lets get started cleaning up the universe. Ideas and conceptualizations rule.

  4. L. Ruiz says

    Andrew Young had a similar theory for the construction of Stonehenge. See story here:

    Funny isn’t it, how these ancient people moved massive stones using similar technology and ideas. It’s almost as if they had some sort of communication, as if they knew these ancient secrets to megalithic construction.

    The above is sarcasm, it doesn’t always come through in the written word. FYI.

  5. says

    There is a legend somewhere that says (sic): “They came up from the sea and light came from their fingertips and could cut through mountains and built tunnels underground…” I can’t remember who wrote the book.
    Could lasers have been the light coming from their fingers and cutting through the mountains? Which brings to mind the Biblical “finger writing on the wall seen by King Nebuchanezzer(?)” The Olmecs were very large black giants and must have carved the giant stone heads..

  6. says

    Smiley, there is one aspect you mentioned above that I believe is important in that ceramic balls first made up the core as well as river rock (rounded flint very dense) then wrapped in rubber to the specifications (sizing, sphereisity, etc.) that would serve ply. I am going to try to get a friend to develop a gestalt illustration or I will to show this visually here.

    Again thanks Smiley,
    Ron O.

  7. says

    Smiley, you are right on with your descriptions and we all appreciate your thoroughness in the amplification. Yes, Brig and I both wanted to say what you so perfectly put forth. You are good as usual. We are so glad to see you here and I hope you grace us with much more of your expansions on the deep immersions that I hope will come of the new blog-o-sphere here at World Mysteries.

    I know Alex appreciates the new input and I can help you guys on illustrations of your ideas.

  8. says

    Hi, Ron & Brig! You know, it’s almost like ball-bearings. I mean, aren’t they used to “move” things today? “The purpose of a ball bearing is to reduce rotational friction and support radial and axial loads.” – Wikipedia….

    “They can be made from many different materials, including: stainless steel, chrome steel, and ceramic (silicon nitride (Si3N4)). A hybrid ball bearing is a bearing with ceramic balls and races of metal.”

    I used to sit and play with some things Daddy had which had ball bearings in them. I always thought they were fun. The only thing different is that they needed lubrication.

    So, let’s assume that the Olmecs used the “rubber” for this lubrication as a coating over them. “Although roller bearings had been developing since ancient Egyptian times, the first recorded patent on ball bearings was awarded to Jules Suriray, a Parisian bicycle mechanic, on 3 August 1869. ”

    So, if the Egyptians had them, why not the Olmecs, but maybe they just found a better way of using them?

  9. says

    Hey Brig, good to see you here. Yes hard surfaces are part of the equation and I have personally seen these surfaces at most of the sites in Mexico; ergo, they were somewhat overgrown but the causeways are there and some extend for many miles. I am no expert either but I do believe they used the rubber covered ball concept (over river rock) instead of having the wheel. Why else would they been the perennial paver layer people in the most distant past. The Olmec were consummate brick or paver layering people and even had those large wooden trowels represented in some of their sculptures. Such wooden trowels were utilized to level concrete and we still use the same device today to level concrete or mud.

    Thanks for coming Brig.

  10. Brig says

    Wouldn’t it depend on the size of the balls. If these balls were the size they used to play with; I would think they would be too small as they would sink into the ground and not move. I doubt the Maya had hard surfaces to roll them on from the quarries. Larger balls on solid ground might work. If the Maya had hard level surfaces from the quarries you might be onto something. Well anyway think about it; I’m no expert.

  11. says

    There are times when I sit and look at the OTHER and discover my own self. The Olmecs were us and their times were evidently highly stressed. The Ball Game of Life, made it endurable.

    Review the panorama of the ancient past and one can see the incoming fragmenting comet spewing its particles into Earths atmosphere and finding orbits that captured the enormity of this “Feathered Serpent” in the imagination of the once advanced citizens of Middle America. Their land mass must have been larger and extended much further out into the Atlantic Ocean than today. The incoming, raining debris must have caused giant tsunamis that washed away the comforts of everyday life, even their great cities. They had to scramble to save themselves on what remaining land areas they could find. Alone and suffering from Traumatic Stress syndrome/s they painstakingly attempted to reclaim their reason, knowledge and passion for existence. The precursors of the ancient Olmeca tried to rebuild their lives. Slowly they pulled their people together and gradually rebuilt a facsimile of their former selves in the rough lands of what is now Mexico. Someday, when men are more advanced than we are, they will discover under the waters and muck of the world’s oceans, the remains of what once was the civilizations of our ancestors. Then we will discover that we are much more than a silly piece of flesh on this little ball in space. We are the hands of Godliness exploring our creations in this massive Virtually sound gambit. This is the Biggest Game in Town — Life.

    We must rediscover our mission.

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