Crystal skull, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.

A crystal skull is a representation of a human skull made from blocks of transparent quartz crystal. Some of these artifacts were declared pre-Columbian Mesoamerican archaeological finds from their alleged discoverers. None of the specimens made available for scientific studies was however authenticated as pre-Columbian origin. The results of these studies show that they were made in the mid-nineteenth century and in later periods, almost certainly in Europe. Although various works of popular literature suggest the opposite, the legends on crystal skulls are not present in the mythologies of Mesoamerican peoples or other Native Americans.

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The first crystal skulls appear on the scene in the nineteenth century. The British Museum has one since 1897. The Smithsonian Institution also has a skull, donated to it in 1992. No crystal skull comes from documented excavations. Most of them are considered false, while others have been attributed Aztec origin. The exception is the skull of Mitchell-Hedges, which has always been declared Maya by the owner, but which has undergone a single examination performed by Hewlett-Packard which has established only the processing technique, considered compatible with a pre-Columbian origin of the artifact.

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Even his discovery was very controversial and was the focus of several debates: according to certain sources, it was found in 1927 by a seventeen year old, Anna, adopted daughter of the adventurer F.A. Mitchell-Hodges, while digging in the ruins of Lubaantun, the “City of the fallen stones”, in the jungles of British Honduras.

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This is also referred to as the specimen of the most controversial origins, not so much for the clarity of those of others, but for the singular history of its discovery, repeatedly heavily challenged and rendered in time more and more intricate in an attempt to heal all doubts .  In the field of appraisals performed on the skulls, interesting is that conducted by the British Museum in the nineties. A glass of sure pre-Columbian dating was compared with some of the skulls with a modern artifact. The test did not provide a reliable solution to the problem of its dating: the results of the tests for the skulls of Nocerino and the Parks were not made public, while on the others there were traces of later work, they were not considered significant for power to post-date objects with certainty.  It is logical to think that the Maya knew the right technologies to smooth the rock crystal, which is very difficult today, because if they used sand as an abrasive in the long work of polishing, it would take a hundred and fifty years of work. The British experts can not provide a sure date of the skull on display in the Museum, some estimate it to be three thousand six hundred years old; others assume it was originally from Atlantis and dates back to twelve thousand years ago.

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It ‘s really absurd, as you can still think that the skulls are false … Why should a person create a crystal skull, if he would not have a concrete project in doing so? In my opinion these skulls were created by superior entities who modeled them to understand the actual structure of a final human skull. Yes, that’s right, these are copies of those who tried to create humanity …”


Crystal skull, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.



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Crystal skull, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.

Crystal skull