Crystal Skulls

Many skeptics feel that the crystal skulls are probably of a much more recent vintage than their accompanying stories suggest. This, they believe, is the best way to explain their existence, since no one could have created them without technologies available only within the past century.
Skulls are humanity’s foremost symbol of death, and a powerful icon in the visual vocabularies of cultures all over the globe. Thirteen crystal skulls of apparently ancient origin have been found in parts of Mexico, Central America and South America, comprising one of the most fascinating subjects of 20th Century archaeology.
These skulls, found near the ancient ruins of Mayan and Aztec civilizations (with some evidence linking the skulls with past civilization in Peru) are a mystery as profound as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Nazca Lines of Peru, or Stonehenge. Some of the skulls are believed to be between 5,000 and 36,000 years old.
Many indigenous people speak of their remarkable magical and healing properties, but nobody really knows where they came from or what they were used for.
Were they left behind after the destruction of a previous world, such as Atlantis? Are they simply ingenious modern fakes or can they really enable us to see deeply into the past and predict the future?
Much research is currently being done on the skulls. However, their origin is still a baffling mystery. They seem to defy logic. Everything that is known about lapidary work indicates that the skulls should have been shattered fractured, or fallen apart when carved.

An old Native American legend tells of thirteen life-size crystal skulls, which are said to hold crucial information about humankind’s true purpose and future destiny. The skulls would be discovered and their secrets revealed when the human race was sufficiently developed. The authors hear of this legend while in the jungles of Belize and set out on a quest to discover its truth. “The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls” follows their journey from Maya temples to the British Museum, the Smithsonian, and to the crystal laboratories of Hewlett-Packard, where tests lead one scientist to conclude, “This {crystal} skull should not even exist.” In the end, shamans and native elders reveal the sacred knowledge the skulls contain and answer the questions this enduring mystery raises: Are the skulls artifacts from the lost civilization of Atlantis, or are they extraterrestrial in origin?
Made from piezo-electric quartz crystal, used in today’s computers, are the skulls information storage devices?
Do they really posses telepathic qualities, allowing us to see deep into the past and predict the future?
What is the message they bring about future earth changes and the destiny of humanity?

Famous Crystal Skulls

This report examines the known history of crystal skulls, various viewpoints on where they might have came from, and the secrets they may reveal.

The Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull

The most widely celebrated and mysterious crystal skull is the Mitchell-Hedges Skull, for at least two good reasons. First, it is very similar in form to an actual human skull, even featuring a fitted removable jawbone. Most known crystal skulls are of a more stylized structure, often with unrealistic features and teeth that are simply etched onto a single skull piece.
Second, it is impossible to say how the Mitchell-Hedges skull was constructed. From a technical standpoint, it appears to be an impossible object which today’s most talented sculptors and engineers would be unable to duplicate.

The discovery of this baffling artifact is a controversial matter. It was brought into prominence by British explorer F. A. Mitchell-Hedges, who claimed that his daughter unearthed it in 1924. Mitchell-Hedges led an expedition in the ancient Mayan ruins of Lubaantun, in Belize (then British Honduras), searching for evidence of Atlantis.

The story goes that his daughter, Anna, was rummaging inside a structure believed to have once been a temple, when she found the beautifully carved cranium of the crystal skull. It was lacking its jawbone, but the matching mandible was found three months later, some 25 feet away from the first discovery. Mitchell-Hedges claimed that he refused to take the skull away, and offered it to the local priests, but the Mayans gave the skull back to him as a gift upon his departure.

It now appears that this tale of the skull’s discovery was entirely fabricated. Mitchell-Hedges apparently purchased the skull at an auction at Sothebys in London, in 1943. This has been verified by documents at the British Museum, which had bid against Mitchell-Hedges for the crystal artifact.

This revelation is consistent with the known history of Mitchell-Hedges’s involvement with the skull. There are no photographs of the skull among those that were taken during his Lubaatun expedition, and there is no documentation of Mitchell-Hedges displaying or even acknowledging the skull prior to 1943.

The skull remains in the possession of the octogenarian Anna Mitchell-Hedges. She resides in Canada and displays the skull on frequent tours. Anna has maintained for all these years that she discovered the skull, even though there is reason to doubt that she was present at the Lubaatun expedition at all.

The Mitchell-Hedges skull is made of clear quartz crystal, and both cranium and mandible are believed to have come from the same solid block. It weighs 11.7 pounds and is about five inches high, five inches wide, and seven inches long. Except for slight anomalies in the temples and cheekbones, it is a virtually anatomically correct replica of a human skull. Because of its small size and other characteristics, it is thought more closely to resemble a female skull — and this has led some to refer to the Mitchell-Hedges skull as a “she.”

The Mitchell-Hedges family loaned the skull to Hewlett-Packard Laboratories for extensive study in 1970. Art restorer Frank Dorland oversaw the testing at the Santa Clara, California, computer equipment manufacturer, a leading facility for crystal research. The HP examinations yielded some startling results.

Researchers found that the skull had been carved against the natural axis of the crystal. Modern crystal sculptors always take into account the axis, or orientation of the crystal’s molecular symmetry, because if they carve “against the grain,” the piece is bound to shatter — even with the use of lasers and other high-tech cutting methods.

To compound the strangeness, HP could find no microscopic scratches on the crystal which would indicate it had been carved with metal instruments. Dorland’s best hypothesis for the skull’s construction is that it was roughly hewn out with diamonds, and then the detail work was meticulously done with a gentle solution of silicon sand and water. The exhausting job — assuming it could possibly be done in this way — would have required man-hours adding up to 300 years to complete.

Under these circumstances, experts believe that successfully crafting a shape as complex as the Mitchell-Hedges skull is impossible; as one HP researcher is said to have remarked, “The damned thing simply shouldn’t be.”

Copyright 1996 ParaScope, Inc.


  1. James Hammer says

    Have a small crystal skull. Had no hole in it when I got but it has one now. Not deep. What does it means and should I do for it and myself

  2. B E Dennis says

    With the approach to the end of the Mayan calendar, there is must speculation about the future. All of it is fiction. Connected to the history of the area are the ancient crystal skulls. My Crystal Skull Trilogy provides a plausible explanation of these skulls. Book 1 of the Crystal Skull Trilogy (Crystal Gift) explains the possible global extent of the ancient crystal skulls. Book 2 of the Crystal Skull Trilogy (Crystal Grotto) provides a more plausible function and purpose of the ancient crystal skulls. Book 3 of the Crystal Skull Trilogy (Crystal Grave) explores how advanced technologies of the ancient world could threaten our current cultures.

  3. says

    Having personally seen a few thousand crystal skulls over 30 years – as well as done a type of research measuring their energy and having personal experiences – even though here in 2012 they remain controversial, enough people lives have been profoundly changed and benefited that we can not dismiss them. This does not even cover the reverence given by various indigenous people.
    But each person has to make their own decision and its best if you can have a chance to have a direct contact with one.
    We of course are known as the crystal skull explorers and via our website have a lot to share on this subject, offer a free e-book and newsletter. Recently in September of 2012 we released a new e-book for both beginners and advance people – that you may wish to take a peek at in the Kindle online store:

    the debate and research goes on as usual,
    Joshua & Katrina, the crystal skull explorers

  4. B E Dennis says

    Even though the statement that there is a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning might be said in jest, it is true. The same can be said about fiction. Writing fiction based on conspiracies and fringe theory is just a thin line away from non-fiction, a thin line away from the truth. I write fiction. By keeping the facts based on current technology, I work to create a plausible story. While my main purpose is to entertain, I also hope to get readers thinking about the possibility that my fiction may be true.

    Mainstream researchers tend to dismiss fringe theory too quickly and scoff at those that believe in those ideas. To the other extreme, vocal fringe theorists jump to sensational conclusions. Those radical conclusions help fuel the disbelief by the mainstream researchers. The radical conclusions also tend to deflect the researchers away from further study.

    In the stories I am currently working on and the stories I have published, my view of fiction is kept as close to the truth I possible. I celebrate the intelligence of humans while realizing that the advancements of the past century are not the first time the planet has seen these advances. My stories also recognize that ecological forces can and have nullified all that humans have been able to achieve. Considering that the past century only represents less that one percent of our history (of about 400,000 years), today’s advances might be nothing more than one of several cycles from the past.

    The CRYSTAL SKULL TRILOGY is a good example of these ideas.

  5. B E Dennis says

    As we approach the date signifying the end of the Mayan calendar there is much anticipation around the unknown. With no indication of the exact outcome or series of events associated with that point in time, there is no end to the speculation.

    A portion of the speculation surrounds the ancient crystal skulls. Like so many other ancient artifacts, their true function is in question. The potential answers to the function of the crystal skulls are as endless as the questions surrounding these artifacts.

    Of those that believe the crystal skulls to be an ancient artifact (of which I am one), the functions usually center on ancient information. In my recently released series (the CRYSTAL SKULL TRILOGY), a plausible function of the ancient crystal skulls is presented. The trilogy is a work of fiction as a medium to introduce readers to new ideas in the form of entertainment. As with all of my stories, the technology I reference is factual and accurate. The concepts I introduce to answer the questions of ancient history are speculative. I use a fictional story base to add a level of entertainment to the works.

    I do not believe the skulls to be large enough to contain much more that the knowledge of one single individual. At that level of knowledge, the effort required to produce a crystal skull exceeds the value gained by passing on that small amount of information. I do believe that the crystal skulls use the geo-magnetic field of the earth to act as an information conduit. Of course all of this is speculative and will only be proven by discoveries over time. My entire purpose to propose such ideas is to get other to ‘think outside the box’ when viewing these future discoveries. Everyday new discoveries are being made. The mainstream academics are even starting to realize their limit view of history only covers about one percent of the reign of man (as we know him today). There has to be more than we know today, my stories are meant to entertain and to get people to think about other answers to the questions of the historical mysteries.

    The global impact of ancient cultures I present in the CRYSTAL SKULL TRILOGY are meant to open thought and discussions.

  6. B E Dennis says

    What is considered by mainstream authorities as fact is limited to what the academic community wants released. It is human nature to build on the success and discoveries of the past. When limiting work to the view from the past opportunities are missed. Without considering what are considered fringe theories, opportunities for learning are missed. With those missed opportunities comes the potential for lost knowledge.

    As an example, just a few years ago some theories were generally viewed as fiction and even science fiction. Those theories and concepts are now considered as verifiable fact. While trying to answer the numerous questions from the distant past, ‘outside the box’ thinking is often required. Many of the answers would be in the realm of impossibility if current convention was the only basis for the answers.

    As it has been proven time and again, works of fiction might hold either the actual answer or at least a path to follow to answer the many questions of history. The fiction of today can be the fact of tomorrow. An example of this is my work, the CRYSTAL SKULL TRILOGY. Currently the academic community does not fully believe the crystal skulls to be of ancient origin. The skulls come with a host of unanswered questions and a vague intended purpose. Following the current academic community has not yielded answers. This is an example of ‘outside the box’ thinking possibly required to get answers. Looking to fiction may not yield the answer, but it may be the next step to the answer.

    The CRYSTAL SKULL TRILOGY (Crystal Gift, Crystal Grotto, and Crystal Grave) present a plausible answer to both the origin and intended use of the ancient crystal skulls. Check it out and let me know what you think.

  7. B E Dennis says

    Throughout history, much that is recorded was initially done verbally. From stories around the campfire to entertain to an almost religious devotion to hold on to past knowledge, the past was able to live. When stories are recorded verbally, there are times that an entertainment value is added. When history is remembered verbally, minute facts can be changed. Over time, significant items can be relegated to minute facts. Like a rumor spread around a room, the general message may remain while the story and facts change.

    One simplified legend of the crystal skulls note that 12 skulls are placed in a circle to access the power within. While the overall story may be based on fact, some of the details could have been distorted or changed. The change is either a result of a better method to ensure the remembrance of the story or an easier to comprehend tale.

    As with other questions of history, it is necessary to think beyond normal conventions. In doing so, fiction often changes to fact. I do believe in the existence and authenticity of the ancient crystal skulls. I also believe that they were crafted for a higher purpose than ceremonial or decorative. I begin to doubt the currently stated end use and feel there may be another purpose or use of the skulls.

    In my book series ‘CRYSTAL SKULL TRILOGY’, I explore an alternative (and possibly proposed) use or function for the ancient crystal skulls. My alternative accounts for the story changes that might result from history.

    For an alternative view, search for the ‘Crystal Skull Trilogy” for my book series.

  8. B E Dennis says

    The Crystal Skull Trilogy (fiction based on fact) provides a plausible explanation of the true function of the ancient crystal skulls. The work also provides a possible link to ancient cultures.

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