According to the Journal of Archeological Science, the crystal skulls, more specifically the two known crystal skulls held at the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington are fake. Scientists believe that the skulls were make after the 19th century. Scientists came to this conclusion after using electron microscopy to analyse the method of creation of the skulls which unfortunately came out to be made by a rotary tool unavailable at the time of Ancient Mexico. This concept of the crystal skulls has been seen recently through the new “Indiana Jones” movie and throughout the internet depicting these skulls may lead or prevent destruction of the world.
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The Smithsonian Institution’s crystal skull. (Courtesy Smithsonian Inst.)
Taken from World-Science.net
As Indiana Jones races to find an ancient crystal skull in his new movie adventure, he might want to take a moment to check its authenticity.
New research suggests two well-known crystal skulls, in the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, are not, after all, from ancient Mexico. Academics now believe the British skull was made in 19th-century Europe and the American one even later.
The British Museum bought its skull, a life-size carving from a single block of rock crystal, from Tiffany and Co., New York, in 1897. Its origins were unknown but there were suggestions it was of ancient Mexican origin.
Human skulls worn as ornaments and displayed on racks were known to have featured in Aztec art. The skull attracted much public attention and speculation and was once thought to have healing powers.
Crystal skulls have since featured in many books, articles and films, most recently in the new Steven Spielberg movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
However, there have been doubts about the authenticity of the skull since the 1930s. Now an international research team has scrutinized the British Museum skull and a larger white quartz skull donated to the Smithsonian in 1992.
Electron microscope analysis for tool marks found both skulls were carved with rotary disc-shaped tool, a technology the ancient Mexicans didn’t have. Analysis of the quartz in the British Museum skull suggests it was quarried from Brazil or Madagascar – far outside the Ancient Mexicans’ trading links.
The team, made up of experts from Cardiff and Kingston universities in the U.K., the British Museum and the Smithsonian, concluded that neither skull could have been made in Mexico before the time of Columbus. They believe the British skull was created in Europe in the 19th century, and the Smithsonian’s shortly before it was bought in Mexico City in 1960.
“It is always disappointing when an intriguing artefact like a crystal skull turns out not to be genuine,” said Cardiff University’s Ian Freestone, a member of the research team. “However, it is important to be precise about what is authentic and what is fake if we are properly to understand our past. Maybe Indiana Jones will have better luck in his hunt for a real crystal skull!”
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