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Thursday, 28. February 2008
Anna Mitchell-Hedges and her enigmatic Crystal Skull
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.
But the crystal skulls that interest New Agers are extraterrestrial in origin or come from Atlantis. They allegedly are endowed with magical powers such as the spontaneous production of holographic images and the emission of weird sounds.
Today, millions of skulls, made of various types of stones and metals, are manufactured in a variety of sizes for the New Age paratrinket market, as well as for the museum replica market. And, despite the fact that replicas are easily made and are available from a variety of sources, advocates of the paranormal nature of crystal skulls like Nick Nocerino claim that no one knows how these skulls were made and that they are impossible to duplicate. Nocerino is the founder of the The Society of Crystal Skulls, International. His society uses psychometry, remote viewing, and scrying as part of their research methodology.
More @ The Skeptic's Dictionary
British Museum's Photo of the Crystal Skull
The myth of crystal skulls as extraterrestrial and extra-powerful seems to have begun with F. A. "Mike" Mitchell-Hedges (1882-1959) and his adopted daughter Anna.
Of all of the crystal skulls, the Mitchell-Hedges skull, the "skull of doom", is probably the most infamous. The skull was allegedly discovered in the mid-1920s by Anna Mitchell-Hedges, the adopted daughter of a British adventurer and traveler named F.A. Mitchell-Hedges. Anna claims that she found the skull beneath the altar of a Mayan temple in Lubaantun, a ruined city in Belize, on her 17th birthday.
Well, here is a new website: The Mitchell-Hedges Official Website, home of the Mitchell-Hedges skull - fill you in on some of the real-life background to the mysterious artefacts.
Don't miss a 1983 interview with Anna Mitchell-Hedges about the skull, the part of Atlantis, and the story of Mike Mitchell-Hedges' life.
Lady R Brown, Mitchell Hedges, T Gann at Lubaantun
Sir Arthur C. Clarke made the skull into his signature logo for his popular television series, 'Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World'.
Watch here his documentary that tackled the crystal skull:
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke is a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name. Clarke is the last surviving member of what was sometimes known as the "Big Three" of science fiction, which included Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov.
The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation
UPDATE April 16th, 2008:
A new very skeptical feature: Legend of the Crystal Skulls by Archaeology Magazine, Volume 61 Number 3, May/June 2008
Crystal skulls have undergone serious scholarly scrutiny, but they also excite the popular imagination because they seem so mysterious. Theories about their origins abound. Some believe the skulls are the handiwork of the Maya or Aztecs, but they have also become the subject of constant discussion on occult websites. Some insist that they originated on a sunken continent or in a far-away galaxy. And now they are poised to become archaeological superstars thanks to our celluloid colleague Indiana Jones, who will tackle the subject of our research in 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'.
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