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Teschio di cristallo
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Un teschio di cristallo è un modello di un teschio umano ricavato da blocchi di cristallo di quarzo trasparente. Alcuni di questi manufatti furono dichiarati reperti archeologici mesoamericani precolombiani dai loro pretesi scopritori. Nessuno degli esemplari resi disponibili per studi scientifici è stato tuttavia autenticato come di origine precolombiana. I risultati di questi studi dimostrano che erano stati realizzati alla metà dell'Ottocento e in periodi successivi, quasi certamente in Europa.[1] Malgrado varie opere di letteratura popolare lascino intendere il contrario, le leggende sui teschi di cristallo non sono presenti nelle mitologie dei popoli mesoamericani o di altri nativi americani.[2]

Ai teschi sono spesso stati attribuiti fenomeni paranormali da alcuni appartenenti del movimento New Age e sono spesso stati ritratti in questa maniera nelle opere di fantasia; l'ultima e più nota di queste rappresentazioni è nel film del 2008 Indiana Jones e il regno del teschio di cristallo. I teschi di cristallo sono apparsi in numerose serie televisive di fantascienza,[3] romanzi[4] e videogiochi.[5]

Nuovi teschi ricavati dal cristallo vengono prodotti e venduti regolarmente.
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* 1 Storia
* 2 Note
* 3 Bibliografia
* 4 Filmografia
* 5 Altri progetti
* 6 Collegamenti esterni

Storia [modifica]

I primi teschi di cristallo compaiono sulla scena nell'Ottocento. Il British Museum ne possiede uno dal 1897. Anche un altro ente prestigioso, la Smithsonian Institution ha un teschio, donato ad essa nel 1992.

Nessun teschio di cristallo proviene da scavi documentati.

Tra i teschi posseduti da privati, è particolarmente famoso il teschio "Mitchell-Hedges". Secondo il racconto di Frederick Albert Mitchell-Hedges e della figlia Anna sarebbe stato trovato negli anni venti del XX secolo in una spedizione a Lubaantun, nell'Honduras Britannico (attuale Belize). Non vi è però traccia della scoperta del teschio nei resoconti della spedizione ed è dubbio anche che Anna vi abbia preso parte. Inoltre la ricercatrice Jane Maclaren Walsh ha scoperto che negli anni quaranta Mitchell-Hedges acquistò un teschio di cristallo.

Tra i più noti teschi di cristallo ci sono quelli chiamati "Max" e "Sha Na Ra". "Max", di proprietà dei coniugi Parks, sarebbe stato trovato in Guatemala negli anni Venti, ma anche in questo caso non c'è alcuna documentazione a sostegno di tale affermazione. "Sha Na Ra" sarebbe stato trovato in Messico da Nick Nocerino, personaggio televisivo autodefinitosi "esperto di teschi di cristallo". Nocerino non rivelò mai l'origine del ritrovamento, giustificandosi attribuendo la riservatezza a presunte "questioni di sicurezza per il personale coinvolto, a causa della situazione politica messicana". Né i teschi né gli altri oggetti che Nocerino avrebbe rinvenuto sono mai stati sottoposti ad analisi indipendenti.

Negli anni ottanta sull'onda della moda lanciata dalle pubblicazioni su questi artefatti comparvero numerosi altri teschi, dal Texas a Los Angeles; ad alcuni di questi venivano attribuite origini avventurose o poteri taumaturgici, ma di nessuno di questi si è potuta provare l'autenticità (mentre alcuni sono risultati veri e propri tentativi di truffa).

Secondo i cultori dei teschi di cristallo, di tali oggetti si parlerebbe nelle tradizioni dei Maya e di altre culture native americane, ma queste asserzioni sono da ascrivere piuttosto ad un folclore degli ultimi decenni applicato retrospettivamente[6].

Nel 1970 il teschio Mitchell-Hedges venne affidato al laboratorio della Hewlett-Packard guidati da Frank Dorland in quanto centro di eccellenza per la ricerca sui cristalli. I risultati vennero pubblicato in un articolo dal titolo "history or hokum?" dove il secondo termine possiamo tradurlo con "nonsenso". In esso risulta soltanto che è stato scolpito in un blocco unico di materiale[7]. L'articolo conclude che si tratta di un bellissimo pezzo artistico, ma non c'è modo di datarlo.[8]

Non risponde inoltre a verità che "gli scienziati affermarono alla fine della analisi che il teschio sembrava essere stato scolpito con un moderno laser o con ceselli di precisione". Da notare che gli impieghi ablativi del laser si sarebbero avuti solo negli anni novanta.
Eugène Boban o Boban-Duvergé (1834–1908), antiquario francese

Nel 1996 i teschi del British Museum e della Smithsonian Institution sono stati sottoposti ad analisi presso il British Museum che hanno rivelato segni di lavorazione con strumenti disponibili nell'Europa della seconda metà dell'Ottocento. Anche questo elemento suggerisce che si tratti di falsi fabbricati in tale periodo[9]. In quell'occasione erano stati portati anche i teschi "Max" e "Sha Na Ra" (mentre Anna Mitchell Hedges aveva rifiutato di portare il suo), ma il British Museum, in applicazione della propria norma di non fornire valutazioni su oggetti provenienti da collezioni private, non ha espresso alcun giudizio su di essi[10].

In passato, intorno al teschio inglese si erano catalizzati racconti folcloristici quanto infondati, che suggerivano che il teschio si muovesse all'interno della teca. Anche il fatto che il teschio fosse stato rimosso dall'esposizione aperta al pubblico è una leggenda urbana: il teschio è oggi esposto all'interno della prima sala dell'ala sinistra, sul lato sinistro della parete dove si apre la porta d'ingresso.

In particolare, per l'esemplare esaminato si è riusciti a risalire ad una probabile origine tedesca della lavorazione, mentre la roccia cristallina è di origine brasiliana. Ricerche documentarie negli scritti relativi alle collezioni del museo, hanno portato a identificare nell'antiquario francese Eugène Boban l'organizzatore di questo traffico di falsi. Altri teschi furono analizzati insieme a quello del British, tra cui quelli di Nocerino e quelli americani. Nessuno di questi teschi aveva evidenze che potessero supportare una presunta antichità, mentre anzi le probabilità spingevano a pensare ad un'origine molto più moderna.
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1. ^ British Museum (n.d.-b), Jenkins (2004, p.217), Sax et al. (2008), Smith (2005), Walsh (1997; 2008)
2. ^ Aldred (2000, passim.); Jenkins (2004, pp.218–219). Nella sua ultima opera, Philip Jenkins, former Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies and latterly an endowed Professor of Humanities at PSU, writes that crystal skulls are among the more obvious of examples where the association with Native spirituality is a "historically recent" and "artificial" synthesis. These are "products of a generation of creative spiritual entrepreneurs" that do not "[represent] the practice of any historical community".
3. ^ Per esempio, nell'episodio n.65 di Stargate SG-1 (stagione 3)intitolato "Crystal Skull".
4. ^ See for example the Indiana Jones novels by Max McCoy (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999).
5. ^ For example, the video game Legend of the Crystal Skull and Illusion of Gaia.
6. ^ Giorgio Castiglioni, I teschi di cristallo, "Mah", n.12, giugno 2008, pp.2-3
7. ^ vedi Hewlett-Packard (1971, p.9).
8. ^ Hewlett-Packard (1971, p.10).
9. ^ Margaret Sax, Jane M. Walsh, Ian C. Freestone, Andrew H. Rankin, Nigel D. Meeks, Study of two large crystal skulls in the collections of the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, 2008
10. ^ Giorgio Castiglioni, I teschi di cristallo, "Mah", n.12, giugno 2008, pp.2-3

Bibliografia [modifica]

* Chris Morton e Ceri Louise Thomas, Il mistero dei teschi di cristallo, Milano : Sonzogno, 1999; Milano : Rizzoli, 2008.
* Giacomo Scarpelli, Il cranio di cristallo, Torino : Bollati Boringhieri, 1993. ISBN 8833907384
* Sebastiano Fusco, Il mistero dei teschi di cristallo. Edizioni Mediterranee, 2008. ISBN 8827219836
* Hewlett-Packard (magazine editorial staff) (febbraio 1971). History or hokum? Santa Clara's crystals lab helps tackle the case of the hard-headed Honduran.... Measure (staff magazine): pp.8–10. URL consultato il 2008-12-12.

Filmografia [modifica]

Alla storia dei teschi è ispirato il film Indiana Jones e il regno del teschio di cristallo. Anche la seconda serie di American Dragon ispirata ai teschi.

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Crystal skull
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The crystal skulls are a number of human skull hardstone carvings made of clear or milky quartz rock, known in art history as "rock crystal", claimed to be pre-Columbian Mesoamerican artifacts by their alleged finders. However, none of the specimens made available for scientific study have been authenticated as pre-Columbian in origin. The results of these studies demonstrated that those examined were manufactured in the mid-19th century or later, almost certainly in Europe.[1] Despite some claims presented in an assortment of popularizing literature, legends of crystal skulls with mystical powers do not figure in genuine Mesoamerican or other Native American mythologies and spiritual accounts.[2]

The skulls are often claimed to exhibit paranormal phenomena by some members of the New Age movement, and have often been portrayed as such in fiction. Crystal skulls have been a popular subject appearing in numerous sci-fi television series,[3] novels,[4] and video games.[5]

Crystal skull collections

A distinction has been made by some researchers between the smaller bead-sized crystal skulls, which first appear in the mid-19th century, and the larger (approximately life-sized) skulls that appear toward the end of that century.[citation needed] The larger crystal skulls have attracted nearly all the popular attention in recent times, and some researchers believe that all of these have been manufactured as forgeries in Europe.

Trade in fake pre-Columbian artifacts developed during the late 19th century to the extent that in 1886, Smithsonian archaeologist William Henry Holmes wrote an article called "The Trade in Spurious Mexican Antiquities" for Science.[6] Although museums had acquired skulls earlier, it was Eugène Boban, an antiquities dealer who opened his shop in Paris in 1870, who is most associated with 19th-century museum collections of crystal skulls. Most of Boban's collection, including three crystal skulls, was sold to the ethnographer Alphonse Pinart, who donated the collection to the Trocadéro Museum, which later became the Musée de l'Homme.

Research into crystal skull origins


Aztec or Mixtec mask with mosaic inlays
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Many crystal skulls are claimed to be pre-Columbian, usually attributed to the Aztec or Maya civilizations. Mesoamerican art has numerous representations of skulls, but none of the skulls in museum collections come from documented excavations.[7] Research carried out on several crystal skulls at the British Museum in 1967, 1996 and again in 2004 has shown that the indented lines marking the teeth (for these skulls had no separate jawbone, unlike the Mitchell-Hedges skull) were carved using jeweler's equipment (rotary tools) developed in the 19th century, making a supposed pre-Columbian origin problematic.[8] The type of crystal was determined by examination of chlorite inclusions, and is only to be found in Madagascar and Brazil, and thus unobtainable or unknown within pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. The study concluded that the skulls were crafted in the 19th century in Germany, quite likely at workshops in the town of Idar-Oberstein renowned for crafting objects made from imported Brazilian quartz at this period in the late 19th century.[9]

It has been established that both the British Museum and Paris's Musée de l'Homme[10] crystal skulls were originally sold by the French antiquities dealer Eugène Boban, who was operating in Mexico City between 1860 and 1880.[11] The British Museum crystal skull transited through New York's Tiffany's, whilst the Musée de l'Homme's crystal skull was donated by Alphonse Pinart, an ethnographer who had bought it from Boban.

An investigation carried out by the Smithsonian Institution in 1992 on a crystal skull provided by an anonymous source who claimed to have purchased it in Mexico City in 1960 and that it was of Aztec origin concluded that it, too, was made in recent years. According to the Smithsonian, Boban acquired the crystal skulls he sold from sources in Germany – findings that are in keeping with those of the British Museum.[12]

A detailed study of the British Museum and Smithsonian crystal skulls was accepted for publication by the Journal of Archaeological Science in May 2008.[13] Using electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography, a team of British and American researchers found that the British Museum skull was worked with a harsh abrasive substance such as corundum or diamond, and shaped using a rotary disc tool made from some suitable metal. The Smithsonian specimen had been worked with a different abrasive, namely the silicon-carbon compound carborundum which is a synthetic substance manufactured using modern industrial techniques.[14] Since the synthesis of carborundum dates only to the 1890s and its wider availability to the 20th century, the researchers concluded "[t]he suggestion is that it was made in the 1950s or later".[15]

Speculations on smaller skulls

None of the skulls in museums come from documented excavations. A parallel example is provided by obsidian mirrors, ritual objects widely depicted in Aztec art. Although a few surviving obsidian mirrors come from archaeological excavations,[16] none of the Aztec-style obsidian mirrors are so documented. Yet most authorities on Aztec material culture consider the Aztec-style obsidian mirrors as authentic pre-Columbian objects.[17] Archaeologist Michael E. Smith reports a non peer-reviewed find of a small crystal skull at an Aztec site in the Valley of Mexico.[18] Crystal skulls have been described as "A fascinating example of artifacts that have made their way into museums with no scientific evidence to prove their rumored pre-Columbian origins."[19] A similar case is the "Olmec-style" face mask in jade; hardstone carvings of a face in a mask form. Curators and scholars refer to these as "Olmec-style", as to date no example has been recovered in an archaeologically controlled Olmec context, although they appear Olmec in style. However they have been recovered from sites of other cultures, including one deliberately deposited in the ceremonial precinct of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), which would presumably have been about 2,000 years old when the Aztecs buried it, suggesting these were as valued and collected as Roman antiquities were in Europe.[20]

Individual skulls

Mitchell-Hedges skull

Perhaps the most famous and enigmatic skull was allegedly discovered in 1924 by Anna Le Guillon Mitchell-Hedges, adopted daughter of British adventurer and popularist author F.A. Mitchell-Hedges. It is the subject of a video documentary made in 1990, Crystal Skull of Lubaantun.[21] It has been noted upon examination by Smithsonian researchers to be "very nearly a replica of the British Museum skull--almost exactly the same shape, but with more detailed modeling of the eyes and the teeth."[22] Anna Hedges claimed that she found the skull buried under a collapsed altar inside a temple in Lubaantun, in British Honduras, now Belize.[23] As far as can be ascertained, F.A. Mitchell-Hedges himself made no mention of the alleged discovery in any of his writings on Lubaantun. Also, others present at the time of the excavation have not been documented as noting either the skull's discovery or Anna's presence at the dig.[24]

In a 1970 letter, Anna also stated that she was, "told by the few remaining Maya that the skull was used by the high priest to will death."[25] For this reason, the artifact is sometimes referred to as "The Skull of Doom". An alternative explanation[who?] is a play on 'Skull of Dunn' (Dunn being an associate of Mitchell-Hedges)[citation needed]. Anna Mitchell-Hedges toured with the skull from 1967 exhibiting it on a pay-per-view basis,[26] and she continued to give interviews about the artifact until her death in 2007.

The skull is made from a block of clear quartz about the size of a small human cranium, measuring some 5 inches (13 cm) high, 7 inches (18 cm) long and 5 inches wide. The lower jaw is detached. In the early 1970s it came under the temporary care of freelance art restorer Frank Dorland, who claimed upon inspecting it that it had been "carved" with total disregard to the natural crystal axes without the use of metal tools. Dorland reported being unable to find any tell-tale scratch marks, except for traces of mechanical grinding on the teeth, and he speculated that it was first chiseled into rough form, probably using diamonds, and the finer shaping, grinding and polishing was achieved through the use of sand over a period of 150 to 300 years. He said it could be up to 12,000 years old. Although various claims have been made over the years regarding the skull's physical properties, such as an allegedly constant temperature of 70 °F (21 °C), Dorland reported that there was no difference in properties between it and other natural quartz crystals.[27]

While in Dorland's care the skull came to the attention of writer Richard Garvin, at the time working at an advertising agency where he supervised Hewlett-Packard's advertising account. Garvin made arrangements for the skull to be examined at HP's crystal labs at Santa Clara, where it was subjected to several tests. The labs determined only that it was not a composite (as Dorland had supposed), but that it was fashioned from a single crystal of quartz.[28] The lab test also established that the lower jaw had been fashioned from the same left-handed growing crystal as the rest of the skull.[29] No investigation was made by HP as to its method of manufacture or dating.[30]

As well as the traces of mechanical grinding on the teeth noted by Dorland,[31] Mayanist archaeologist Norman Hammond reported that the holes (presumed to be intended for support pegs) showed signs of being made by drilling with metal.[32] Anna Mitchell-Hedges refused subsequent requests to submit the skull for further scientific testing.[33]

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.[34] 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".[35] All subsequent editions of Danger My Ally omitted mention of the skull entirely.[33]

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 Mr. Sydney Burney, a London art dealer who is said to have owned it since 1933.[36] No mention was made of Mitchell-Hedges. There is documentary evidence that Mitchell-Hedges bought it from Burney in 1944.[33] The skull was in the custody of Anna Mitchell-Hedges, the adopted daughter of Frederick. She steadfastly refused to let it be examined by experts (making very doubtful the claim that it was reported on by R. Stansmore Nutting in 1962). Somewhere between 1988–1990 Anna Mitchell-Hedges toured with the skull.

In her last eight years, Anna Mitchell-Hedges lived in Chesterton, Indiana, with Bill Homann, whom she married in 2002. She died on April 11, 2007. Since that time the Mitchell-Hedges Skull has been in the custody of Bill Homann. He continues to believe in its mystical properties.[37]

British Museum skull

The crystal skull of the British Museum first appeared in 1881, in the shop of the Paris antiquarian, Eugène Boban. Its origin was not stated in his catalog of the time. He is said to have tried to sell it to Mexico's national museum as an Aztec artifact, but was unsuccessful. Boban later moved his business to New York City, where the skull was sold to George H. Sisson. It was exhibited at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in New York City in 1887 by George F. Kunz.[38] It was sold at auction, and bought by Tiffany and Co., who later sold it at cost to the British Museum in 1897.[39] This skull is very similar to the Mitchell-Hedges skull, although it is less detailed and does not have a movable lower jaw.[40]

The British Museum catalogues the skull's provenance as "probably European, 19th century AD"[41] and describes it as "not an authentic pre-Columbian artefact".[42] It has been established that this skull was made with modern tools, and that it is not authentic.[43]

Paris skull

The largest of the three skulls sold by Eugène Boban to Alphonse Pinart (sometimes called the Paris Skull), about 10 cm (4 in) high, has a hole drilled vertically through its center.[44] It is part of a collection held at the Musée du Quai Branly, and was subjected to scientific tests carried out in 2007–08 by France's national Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums in France, or C2RMF). After a series of analyses carried out over three months, C2RMF engineers concluded that it was "certainly not pre-Columbian, it shows traces of polishing and abrasion by modern tools."[45] Particle accelerator tests also revealed occluded traces of water that were dated to the 19th century, and the Quai Branly released a statement that the tests "seem to indicate that it was made late in the 19th century."[46]

In 2009 the C2RMF researchers published results of further investigations to establish when the Paris skull had been carved. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis indicated the use of lapidary machine tools in its carving. The results of a new dating technique known as quartz hydration dating (QHD) demonstrated that the Paris skull had been carved later than a reference quartz specimen artifact, known to have been cut in 1740. The researchers conclude that the SEM and QHD results combined with the skull's known provenance indicate it was carved in the 18th or 19th century.[47]

Smithsonian Skull

The "Smithsonian Skull" was mailed to the Smithsonian Institution anonymously in 1992, and was claimed to be an Aztec object by its donor and was purportedly from the collection of Porfirio Diaz. It is the largest of the skulls, weighing 31 pounds and is 15 inches high. It was carved using carborundum, a modern abrasive. It has been displayed as a fake at the National Museum of Natural History.[48]

Paranormal claims and spiritual associations

Some believers in the paranormal claim that crystal skulls can produce a variety of miracles. Ann Mitchell-Hedges claimed that the skull she allegedly discovered could cause visions, cure cancer, that she once used its magical properties to kill a man, and that in another instance, she saw in it a premonition of the John F. Kennedy assassination.[49]

In the 1931 play The Satin Slipper by Paul Claudel, King Philip II of Spain uses "a death's head made from a single piece of rock crystal," lit by "a ray of the setting sun," to see the defeat of his Armada in its attack on England (day 4, scene 4, pp. 243–44).[50]

Claims of the healing and supernatural powers of crystal skulls have no support in the scientific community, which has found no evidence of any unusual phenomena associated with the skulls nor any reason for further investigation, other than the confirmation of their provenance and method of manufacture.[51]

Another novel and historically unfounded speculation ties in the legend of the crystal skulls with the completion of the current Maya calendar b'ak'tun-cycle on December 21, 2012, claiming the re-uniting of the thirteen mystical skulls will forestall a catastrophe allegedly predicted or implied by the ending of this calendar. An airing of this claim appeared (among an assortment of others made) in The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls,[52] a 2008 program produced for the Sci Fi Channel in May and shown on Discovery Channel Canada in June. Interviewees included Richard Hoagland, who attempted to link the skulls and the Maya to life on Mars, and David Hatcher Childress, proponent of lost Atlantean civilizations and anti-gravity claims.

Crystal skulls are also referenced by author Drunvalo Melchizedek in his book Serpent of Light.[53] He writes that he came across indigenous Mayan descendants in possession of crystal skulls at ceremonies at temples in the Yucatán, which he writes contained souls of ancient Mayans who had entered the skulls to await the time when their ancient knowledge would once again be required.

The alleged associations and origins of crystal skull mythology in Native American spiritual lore, as advanced by neoshamanic writers such as Jamie Sams, are similarly discounted.[54] Instead, as Philip Jenkins notes, crystal skull mythology may be traced back to the "baroque legends" initially spread by F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, and then afterwards taken up:

By the 1970s, the crystal skulls [had] entered New Age mythology as potent relics of ancient Atlantis, and they even acquired a canonical number: there were exactly thirteen skulls.
None of this would have anything to do with North American Indian matters, if the skulls had not attracted the attention of some of the most active New Age writers.[55]


Crystal skulls in culture

Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City, where a skull is on display.
For the Love of God, a diamond-encrusted skull made by artist Damien Hirst.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, film that revolves around a fictional back-story to the lore of crystal skulls.
Legend of the Crystal Skull, video game which involves searching for a lost crystal skull.
Crystal Skulls (band), named after a legend that there are 13 ancient crystal skulls hidden worldwide, which have mystical powers.
Blood Mountain (album), music album with a storyline revolving around a crystal skull.
The Crystal Skull, an episode of The A-Team centered on a crystal skull.
"50 Cent: Blood on the Sand" is a video game in which rapper 50 Cent fights his way through a desert after someone steals his Crystal Skull.
"Crystal Skull", episode 21 of Season 3 in the TV series Stargate SG-1. The plot involves a crystal skull found on another planet, while the backstory references a crystal skull found in South America in 1971, with a legend that staring into it would allow you to see aliens from another planet.
House II: The Second Story where a (supposedly pre-Columbian) crystal skull, with mystical powers is integral to the plot of the movie.
In the Peep Show episode 5 of series 5, Jez's manager Cally has a New Age belief in the healing power of crystal skulls, and makes the normally rational Mark agree that "I believe that they were crafted by the ancient inhabitants of Atlantis and that they're powerful centres of healing" in return for keeping peace in the relationship. Mark comically frustratedly smashes the crystal skull later in the episode, stating that if its healing powers is so great it can heal itself.
Actor Dan Aykroyd co-founded a Vodka called Crystal Head Vodka inspired by the archeological artifacts.
The Crystal Skull, a thriller by Manda Scott
The Crystal Skulls are mentioned in the Assassin's Creed series as being "Pieces of Eden", ancient artifacts holding unique powers. In Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy, the Assassin Giovanni Borgia stole one of these skulls from the Aztecs in Mexico and brought it to Bombastus for study, resulting in the discovery of the formula of the Philosopher's stone. In Assassin's Creed, it can be read in one of the emails that the modern-day company Abstergo Industries holds some of these skulls, referring to them as "Mitchell-Hedges Communicators."


Notes

^ British Museum (n.d.-b), Jenkins (2004, p.217), Sax et al. (2008), Smith (2005), Walsh (1997; 2008)
^ Aldred (2000, passim.); Jenkins (2004, pp.218–219). In this latter work, Philip Jenkins, former Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies and latterly an endowed Professor of Humanities at PSU, writes that crystal skulls are among the more obvious of examples where the association with Native spirituality is a "historically recent" and "artificial" synthesis. These are "products of a generation of creative spiritual entrepreneurs" that do not "[represent] the practice of any historical community".
^ For example, in Stargate SG-1 season 3 episode #65, "Crystal Skull".
^ See for example the Indiana Jones novels by Max McCoy (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999).
^ For example, the video game Legend of the Crystal Skull and Illusion of Gaia.
^ Holmes (1886)
^ Walsh (2008)
^ Craddock (2009, p.415)
^ British Museums (n.d.-b); Craddock (2009, p.415).
^ The specimen at the Musée de l'Homme is half-sized.
^ See "The mystery of the British Museum's crystal skull is solved. It's a fake", in The Independent (Connor 2005). See also the Museum's issued public statement on its crystal skull (British Museum n.d.-c).
^ See the account given by Smithsonian anthropologist Jane Walsh of her joint investigations with British Museum's materials scientist Margaret Sax, which ascertained the crystal skull specimens to be 19th century fakes, in Smith (2005). See also Walsh (1997).
^ Sax et al. (2008)
^ Carborundum (Silicon carbide) occurs naturally only in minute amounts in the extremely rare mineral moissanite, first identified in a meteorite in 1893. See summary of the discovery and history of silicon carbide in Kelly (n.d.)
^ See reportage of the study in Rincon (2008), and the study itself in Sax et al. (2008).
^ Such as at Teotihuacan; see Taube (1992).
^ See for eg Olivier (2003).
^ Michael E. Smith, "Aztec Crystal Skulls," Publishing Archaeology Blog
^ "Smithsonian puts its fake- crystal skull- on display". San Francisco Chronicle (July 18). 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
^ Artworld University of East Anglia collections
^ "Crystal Skull of Labaantun (1990)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-20.
^ Walsh (2008). See also the 1936 debate on its resemblance to the British Museum skull, in Digby (1936) and Morant (1936), passim.
^ See Garvin (1973, caption to photo 25); also Nickell (2007, p.67).
^ Nickell (2007, pp.68–69)
^ Garvin (1973, p.93)
^ Hammond (2008)
^ Dorland, in a May 1983 letter to Joe Nickell, cited in Nickell (2007, p.70).
^ See Garvin (1973, pp.75–76), also Hewlett-Packard (1971, p.9). The test conducted involved immersing the skull in a liquid (Benzyl alcohol) with the same diffraction coefficient and viewing it under polarized light.
^ Garvin (1973, pp.75–76); Hewlett-Packard (1971, p.9).
^ Hewlett-Packard (1971, p.10).
^ Garvin (1973, p.84); also cited in Nickell (2007, p.70).
^ Hammond, in a May 1983 letter to Nickell, cited in Nickell (2007, p.70). See also Hammond's recounting of his meeting with Anna Mitchell-Hedges and the skull in an article written for The Times, in Hammond (2008).
^ a b c Nickell (2007, p.69)
^ See Mitchell-Hedges (1954, pp.240–243); also description of same in the chapter "Riddle of the Crystal Skulls", in Nickell (2007, pp.67–73).
^ Mitchell-Hedges' quote, as reproduced in Nickell (2007, p.67).
^ See Morant (1936, p.105), and comments in Digby (1936). See also discussion of the prior ownership in Nickell (2007, p.69).
^ Stelzer, C.D. (2008-06-12). "The kingdom of the crystal skull". Illinois Times. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
^ "A Great Labor Problem. It Receives Attention from the Scientists. They devote attention, too, to a beautiful adze and a mysterious crystal skull." (PDF). New York Times (August 13). 1887. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
^ British Museum (n.d.-a, n.d.-b)
^ Digby (1936)
^ British Museum (n.d.-a)
^ British Museum (n.d.-c). See also articles on the investigations which established it to be a fake, in Connor (2005), Jury (2005), Smith (2005), and Walsh (1997, 2008).
^ Rincon (2008), Sax et al. (2008)
^ Kunz (1890, pp.285–286), see description in "Ch. XIV: Mexico & Central America"
^ Quote reported by Agence France-Presse, see Rosemberg (2008).
^ Quote reported by Agence France-Presse, see Rosemberg (2008). See also Walsh (2008).
^ Calligaro et al. (2009, abstract)
^ "Smithsonian Puts Mysterious Crystal Skull on Display". Fox News. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 7-10-2008.
^ Various authors. "The Crystal Skulls" Skeptic magazine. Vol. 14, No. 2. 2008. Page 89.
^ Claudel, Paul. The Satin Slipper. Trans. John O'Connor and Paul Claudel. London: Sheed & Ward, 1931. Originally published as Le Soulier de Satin (Paris: Nouvelle Revue Française).
^ See Nickell (2007, pp.67–73); Smith (2005); Walsh (1997; 2008).
^ John Schriber (Executive Producer). Kevin Huffman, Erin McGarry, Andrew Rothstein and Andrea Skipper (Producers). Jayme Roy (Director of Photography). Lester Holt (Presenter). (May 2008). The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls. [television program]. New York: Peacock Productions (NBC), in association with the Sci Fi Channel. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
^ Serpent of Light - Beyond 2012, ISBN 1578634016
^ See discussion of the various claims put forward by Sams, Kenneth Meadows, Harley Swift Deer Reagan and others concerning crystal skulls, extra-terrestrials, and Native American lore, in Jenkins (2004, pp.215–218).
^ Quotation from Jenkins (2004, pp.217–218).



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A crystal skull is a stone carving in the shape of a human skull. The sculptures vary in size from a few inches to life-size. Some are made of pure quartz crystal, but many are made of other types of stone found in abundance on Earth. Some stone skulls are genuine artifacts from Mesoamerican cultures such as the Aztecs and are known as skull masks or death heads.

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