Ancient Mayan skull shaped from rock crystal, discovered at
Lubaantun, British Honduras, in 1927 by explorer F. A. Mitchell-Hedges.
The skull may be anywhere from 3,600 to 12,000
years old, and is believed to have been laboriously shaped by
a succession of Mayan priests from a large block of pure rockcrystal
by rubbing with sand. Such a method might have taken
many years to complete.
Like the so-called curse of the Pharaohs, the skull is supposed
to bring doom upon those who mock it. Reliable observers
have reported extraordinary light effects, sounds and
odors, suggesting occult properties. Extensive laboratory tests
by the Hewlett-Packard Company, Santa Clara, California, revealed
that the skull had remarkable optical properties that it
would be virtually impossible to duplicate with modern equipment.
The only counterpart to this strange artifact is a rock crystal
skull in the British Museum discovered in Mexico in 1889. It
is much cruder in execution than the Mitchell-Hedges skull,
and may have been a rough model for it. After the death of
Mitchell-Hedges in 1959, the skull became the property of his
adopted daughter Anna Le Guillon Mitchell-Hedges.
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