The enigmatic crystal skulls

In 1925, archaeologist Anna Le Guillon Mitchell-Hedges discovered a skull made of rock crystal, buried in the rubble of a temple of the Mayan civilization, which were subsequently analyzed by researchers who deduced that these strange skulls were made of natural quartz and which also contained silicon dioxide.


A strange millennial technology

The crystal skulls are carefully carved, and are supposedly pre-Columbian Mesoamerican artifacts. Mesoamerican art has numerous representations of skulls, but none of the crystal skulls in museum collections come from documented excavations.

In 1967, the British museum financed and participated in the research of the objects and according to subsequent reports, jewelry tools were used to do such painstaking work; the rare thing about it is that these tools were developed in the 19th century, so pre-Columbian origin could be ruled out.

Paranormal phenomena

The New Age movement states that skulls show paranormal phenomena. Crystal skulls have been a fairly famous subject and for this reason, they have appeared in numerous television series, movies, video games and even in a well-known brand of spirits.

It has been claimed that several crystal skulls are of pre-Columbian origin, being usually attributed to the Aztecs or Maya, but the type of crystal upon examination, disclosed to contain chlorite, an element found only in the crystals of Madagascar and Brazil, therefore, difficult to obtain or unknown in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

In the 1980s, research resumed and this time, the deduction was that the skulls were manufactured in Germany in the 19th century, most likely in workshops in the city of Idar-Oberstein, known in the late 19th century for creating objects made of quartz Brazilian imported.

It has been established that both the glass skull of the British Museum, and that of the Museum of Man in Paris, were sold by the French antiques dealer Eugene Boban, who had his business in Mexico City, between 1860 and 1880. The glass skull of the British Museum was acquired in New York, while the glass skull of the Museum of Man was donated by ethnographer Alphonse Pinart, who bought it in Boban.

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