Our ancient friends
Stories about the skulls focus heavily on their perceived supernatural powers.
Joshua Shapiro, coauthor of Mysteries of the Crystal Skulls Revealed, cites claims of healings and expanded psychic abilities from people who have been in the presence of such skulls.” We believe the Crystal Skulls are a form of computer which are able to record energy and vibration that occur around them,” he writes. ” The skull will pictorially replay all events or images of the people who have come into contact with them (i.e. they contain the history of our world).”
Many believe these skulls were carved thousands or even tens of thousands of years ago by an ancient Mesoamerican civilization. Others think they may be relics from the legendary island of Atlantis or proof that extraterrestrials visited the Aztec sometime before the Spanish conquest.
The earliest published reference to the skull is the July 1936 issue of the British anthropological journal Man, where it is described as being in the possession of Sydney Burney, a London art dealer who is said to have owned it since 1933. No mention was made of Mitchell-Hedges.
F. A. Mitchell-Hedges mentioned the skull only briefly in the first edition of his autobiography, Danger My Ally (1954), without specifying where or by whom it was found. He merely claimed that “it is at least 3,600 years old and according to legend it was used by the High Priest of the Maya when he was performing esoteric rites. It is said that when he willed death with the help of the skull, death invariably followed”. All subsequent editions of Danger My Ally omitted mention of the skull entirely.
The firm’s analysis of the skull only seemed to deepen its mystery. According to their experts, the skull was made from a single piece of pure natural quartz and would have taken years to carve, even with the most advanced diamond tools.
When Anna Mitchell-Hedges found the skull at Lubaantun, she says the Maya workers in the expedition immediately recognized it as a sacred artifact of their people.
Whilst no other crystal skulls have been found at any of the hundreds of well documented official Mayan or Aztec archeological sites, skulls were a recurring motif in ancient Mesoamerica, widely used in carvings and religious artworks.
The skull was subject to various analyses. One of the unsolved mysteries arises from the material from which the skull is carved. Quartz crystal, known to possess a hardness rating of 7 on the Mohs scale—a scale of hardness of elements from 0 (talc) to 10 (diamond)—it is astonishing that this specimen could have been carved without modern tools employing hard substances such as ruby or diamond.
So what tools were used to carve this enigma? Studies of the skull made in the 1970s by Hewlett-Packard determined that the skull could not have been made with metal tools, as there are no microscopic scratches on its surface. Furthermore, they determined that it would have had to have been polished by sand erosion for a period of 300 years to reach such a high degree of flawless perfection.
Several purported paranormal qualities have been attributed to the skull over the years. Anna Mitchell-Hedges herself once claimed it gave her a premonition of the death of President Kennedy in 1963. Others attribute mysterious deaths to the skull. the most common accounts are of visions and strange sounds. Frank Dorland, entrusted the skull by Anna in the late 60s, reported numerous odd experiences whilst in its presence.
He would see images of ancient temples in the skull’s eyes, Lubaantun at the height of the Mayan civilization. Alongside the visions he could hear metallic bells, singing, whispered voices and the sound of icy mountain streams. Dorland did not think the visions were paranormal phenomena, but a natural synchronicity between the crystal and the human brain — “the mass of crystal in some way triggered certain reflexes in the brain, to make you think that you were tasting things, hearing things or seeing things”
These crystal skulls became part of a larger, allegedly Native American, prophecy which claimed that when 13 of them were finally reunited, the skulls would disseminate universal knowledge and secrets critical to humanity’s survival. But only when humanity was ready.
Several similar skulls have even been found in different parts of the world, yet many are constructed of materials other than quartz. Even an entire skeleton of jade, on a scale slighter smaller than human, was found in Mongolia. It’s estimated to have been made around 2200 to 3500 B.C. So who are responsible for these perfectly carved oddities? Is it the work of a technically advanced civilization whose tools and methods have yet to be discovered, or perhaps extraterrestrials? Of course, there are those who doubt the authenticity of many of these artifacts—but there is something that is undeniable: The phenomena of crystal skulls and other similar artifacts will continue to be a subject of interest for investigators