Mysterious Crystal Skull Revealed

Crystal SkullIn 1992, a mysterious package was delivered to the National Museum of Natural History containing an unsigned letter and an enormous, milky crystal skull.

On display for the first time, the 31 pound Smithsonian skull dwarfs the crystal skulls on view at the British Museum in London and the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.

Is this one of the legendary 13 Aztec skulls? Does a mystical healing energy emanate from this crystal object? Does it come from Atlantis?

Smithsonian anthropologist Jane McLaren Walsh thinks not. She began her investigation soon after the milky quartz skull arrived at the Smithsonian. She identified modern stone-carving tool marks and determined that the skull couldn’t have been carved before the mid-19th century. Instead, she believes the skull was manufactured in Mexico around 1960.

Is this really a story of New Age hype? Or could there be some truth to the skull’s mystique?

The crystal skull is on display in the ground level of the Natural History Museum through September 1st. The museum is open until 7:30 pm daily thru the Labor Day weekend. Why not head over there after work and check it out for yourself.

5 Comments so far

  1. thedcfeededitor on July 17th, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

    Great post! I have linked to this at The DC Feed.


  2. Anthony Marenna (amarenna) on July 18th, 2008 @ 8:43 am

    I’m interested to know more about the person who contributed the skull to the collection. Why was there so much mystery surrounding the donation? Why was the letter unsigned? Why didn’t the contributor bring it to the museum in person?

    I wonder how much if any investigation the anthropologist lends to the source of such an artifact. Tracking down and contacting the person who donated the piece might be a good way to discern the origin of the piece. There must be a trail of ownership.


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  5. pilates classes los angeles (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    This is such a bizarre story! I love hearing about weird things happening around the world! And that skull is a little creepy…

    Kate



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