One of the most intriguing objects to ever
make an appearance.
The Mitchell Hedges Crystal Skull.
It was Found by Anna Mitchell-Hedges.
British adventurer and explorer, Frederick Mitchell-Hedges
and his party were looking for evidence of the lost civilization
of Atlantis.His daughter Anna claimed to have found it in
the ancient Mayan ruins of the lost city of Lubaantun.
This was found not to be true though.
It has been verified by documents
at the British museum ,which had bid against
Mitchell-Hedges that Mitchell-Hedges purchased the skull at an auction
at Sotheby's in London in 1943.
Legend has it that the skull was once one of
a set of thirteen.
The skull is an incredble piece and has
fascinated people since the moment of it's appearance.
It is the size of a real human skull and is highly
anatomically accurate, coming complete with a separate lower jaw-bone.
In fact it is so accurate that when a forensic expert performed
a forensic facial reconstruction over a replica of the skull, the resulting face had
female and European characteristics. It was hypothesized that the skull
was a replica of an actual human skull.
It's been examined by quite a few experts including the Smithsonian Institute,
National Geographic, and Hewlet Packard's crystal
They verified that both the skull
and the jaw piece were made from a single piece of quartz,
that has a highly unusual axis, called a tris-axis lattice,
that can only be formed in a zero gravity environment like
No other quartz crystal sculpture approaches its quality; even the British
Museum's crystal skull, discovered in Mexico in 1889.
Hewlett Packard tested the Skull under high power microscopy.
In other testing the use of metal tools to make it was not found.
No evidence of faceting, or machining and no tell-tale
scratch marks have been found,
except for traces of mechanical grinding on the teeth.
SEM micrographs revealed evidence that the crystal had been worked
with a high speed, hard metal rotary tool coated with a hard abrasive
such as diamond.
It is speculated that it was first chiseled into rough form, probably
using diamonds, and the finer shaping, grinding and polishing may
have been achieved through the use of sand over a period of 150 to 300 years.
Some experts assign its origin to various Central American civilizations
including the Aztecs, Mixtecs or the Olmecs. Some suggest it may have
come from Egypt, Tibet or China, and may have been roughed out as much
as 12,000 years ago.
There are many other-worldly and strange phenomena attributed
to the skull.
Anna stated that she was told by the few remaining Maya that the skull
was used by the high priest to will death. For this reason,
the artifact is sometimes referred to as "The Skull of Doom".
It has been said to have an allegedly constant temperature of 70 °F (21 °C)
Observers have reported that, for unknown reasons, the skull will change color
and emit sounds.
So who could have made it?
Is It a fraud?
Even in the 1940's when it surfaced it would have
been difficult to create this.
Who ever made it, it's an amazing and incredibly
sophisticated piece of art.