The skull is a powerful symbol of death and is used in cultures all over the world. Skulls were a prominent type of Mesoamerican artwork, specifically among the Aztec. They were a symbol of regeneration. Many of the Aztec gods were represented by skulls.
Quartz crystal is beautiful, sparkly and comes in a variety of colors, clear, purple, rose, smoky, yellow. It has been used for centuries for jewelry and ornamental carvings of different subjects. Crystal skulls are one of those carved items you can find in abundance.
However, there are about a dozen of these Crystal Skulls that stand above the rest. They are held in private collections or museums and are attributed with everything from mystical healing powers to the secret of creation. Some of them are life size and very detailed including removal jaws, some are smaller and not as detailed.
What makes these particular skulls different from the thousands that are produced every year in Brazil, Germany and China? These specific skulls are all believed to originate from Mexico and Central America, specifically from Aztec or Myan ruins. Many believe they were carved thousands of years ago before the technology to carve such intricate, detailed items with no visible tool marks was available.
The most well known of these skulls is the Mitchell-Hedges skull for two reasons. First it is a very accurate depiction of a human skull including a removable jawbone. Second, no one is sure how it was constructed. In 1970 the Mitchell-Hedges family loaned the skull to Hewlett-Packard Laboratories for testing and study. Two strange things were found. One, it was carved against the axis of the crystal. This is startling because any modern crystal sculptor will tell you that carving “against the grain” will cause the crystal to shatter. The second thing is that Hewlett-Packard researchers could find no microspcopic scratches on it to indicate it had been carved out with metal tools.
The Mitchell-Hedges skull is 5 inches high, 5 inches wide and 7 inches long. It is made of clear crystal quartz and weight 11.5 lbs. The story of it’s discovery is that F. A Mitchell-Hedges , a British explorer, led an expedition 1924 to the Mayan ruins of Lubaantun, in Belieze (then British Honduras) in search of evidence of the legendary city of Atlantis. His daughter Anna was with him on this expedition and the claim is that she was rumaging around in a building believed to be a temple and came upon the skull minus the jawbone which was found 3 months later 25 feet away.
Later evidence has come out that while Mitchell-Hedges did lead such an expedition to Lubaantun, he did not have his daughter Anna with him. There is also evidence which has been verified by documents at the British museum (who bid against him) that Mitchell-Hedges actually purchased the skull at an auction at Sothebys London in 1943.
There are other skulls, The British Crystal Skull and The Paris Skull. Both made of clear crystal quartz and said to be almost exact replicas of each other. Both were said to have been bought by mercenaries in Mexico in 1890.
The Mayan Crystal Skull and Amethyst Skull. Even though one is made of clear crystal and the other purple, they are again very similar.They were discovered in Guatemala and Mexico and brought to the US by a Mayan priest in the early 1900’s.
The Texas Crystal Skull known as “Max” is an 18 pound single piece crystal skull that is reported to have originated in Guatemala. It is now in the hands of JoAnna Parks of Houstan TX who received it from a Tibetian spiritualist.
The ET Skull is part of the private collection of Joke Van Dyke who believes it has miraculous healing powers and tours with it to share them. It is made of smoky quartz and got it’s nickname due to the pointed skull and exaggerated overbite which give it an alien look.
The Rose Quartz Crystal Skull is very similar to the Mitchell-Hedges skull in craftmanship and appearance including the removable mandible . It is a bit larger and has a pink hue to it.This skull is said to come from the area of the Honduras/Guatemala border.
The Brazilian Crystal Skull was donated to the Brazil Museums Section of Minerals in 2004 by a Brazilian gem dealer. It is life sized and weighs 13.8 pounds.
The Atlantean Skull “Compassion”. This one was discovered in 2009 and is very close in comparison to the Mitchell-Hedges skull including the removable mandible.
There are many theories as to where these skulls came from and what they are for. They range from being made by ancient mesoamericans to extraterrestrials to citizens of Atlantis or Lemuria. They have been theorized to have mystical healing powers, to be an alien computer that records the history of civilization, to expand the psyhcic ability of people in contact with them and any number of other fantasic claims.
Recently, electron microscope analysis of some skulls by the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institue claim to have revealed markings that could only be made my modern carving implements. Both museums estimate their skulls date from the mid to late 1800’s. This coupled with the fact that no skull has ever actually come from an official archeological site has led the British Museum to label all the famous skulls ( including ones it has not studied or examined) as fakes.
Both sides of the issue are filled with passionate believers who will not be swayed by the other side. You be the judge.
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