Mystery has always surrounded the Legend of The Crystal Skulls. I’ve heard different versions of the legend throughout the years, such. I had heard the legend originated with the Native Americans. I also visited Chichen Itza and noticed all the skulls at this ancient site. Others say that aliens gave the skulls to mankind and that all thirteen will be revealed when the world is ready to know the truth. Ummm, I don’t know what that truth is, but I do know that the Crystal Skulls do exist.
The release of Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls has brought this legend back into popularity. I know I’ve always been interested in the Mayan and Aztec civilizations and stories of other cultures who seem to have disappeared from the planet. A recent article in Archaeology Magazine dismisses any claim of authentic crystal skulls that are ancient.
The British Museum released a statement about testing of the skulls, which many people claim is proof that these skulls are all fakes.
“Contrary to popular belief there are currently no scientific techniques which can be used to accurately establish when a stone or mineral object was produced. Research has therefore focused on how the skulls were carved, where the quartz originated from and what is known about the early history of the skulls.” Read the entire release here and here.
From what I comprehend, there is no way to date the skulls, so how can they be authenticated, or more importantly be unauthenticated? People like to believe in unbelievable things.
So here is a list of the current “authentic” crystal skulls that those believers of the legends recognize.
- Mitchell Hedges Skull
- Mayan Crystal Skull
- Amethyst Skull
- British Skull (British Museum)
- Paris Skull
- Texas Crystal Skull (MAX) (owned by the Parks Family of Houston)
- ET Skull (private collection of Joke van Dieten Maasland in Miami Beach, Florida)
- Rose Quartz Crystal Skull (last seen in Honduras and Guatemala)
- Aztec Skull
- Jaguar Man
- The Rainbow Skull (These three were recently found in an excavation in Guerro Province and are now privately owned)
As you can see, only twelve are listed. I guess we’ll have to wait for the thirteenth to reveal itself to find out what is really going on with these skulls, or we can all just go see the latest installment of the Indiana Jones series of movies.