Indiana Jones: Mystery of the Movie’s Crystal Skulls – Movies and Tv – Culture

There were no ethnographic or archaeological records of its discovery, but the Mitchell-Hedges said it was an ancient Mayan artifact. Due to the inconsistencies in his finding and the existence of another twelve skulls, Hundreds of theories arose for almost a hundred years about its origin.

When in doubt they created conspiracy theories

Although collectors exploited the mystery of the origin of the skulls, since their appearance, museums and scientific institutes have questioned whether they are authentic ancient artifacts. One of the details they pointed out was that they did not correspond to the style of carving evidenced in pre-Columbian skulls, which were usually made of basalt, limestone or gold.

This specimen is part of a collection at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris.

Scientific findings on skulls

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Mitchell-Hedges called the skull in his possession the ‘skull of Destiny’, arguing that it was more than 3,600 years old and would have been used in magical rituals by the Maya.

The scientific community doubted from the beginning the fantastic claims of the explorer, since there were no photos of the expedition in which it had been found. When asked by experts, Anna Mitchell-Hedges replied that all the evidence had been lost in the middle of a hurricane.

Mystery of the crystal skulls

Eugène Boban, a French antique dealer.

According to the report, it had been sculpted with diamonds and would have taken 300 years to complete.

The skull had a prism inside and holes that allowed the passage of light. In addition, in the eye sockets it had two concave lenses, which when illuminated gave the impression of being on fire.

When Anna passed away, he gave her to his friend Bill Homann. He allowed the Smithsonian Institution to study the skull between 2007 and 2008. In that case, They found that it had been carved around 1930.

The remaining twelve skulls

Boban not only sold them to museums, but also managed to rip off the jewelry company Tiffany & Co.

In 1878, Pinar donated three crystal skulls to the Ethnographic Museum of the Trocadero in Paris, after having given them two identical artifacts in 1867. But not only did they attract the attention of European museums, even the National Museum of Anthropology of Mexico bought two crystal skulls of the collector Luis Constantino for an exhibition of Aztec objects.

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Boban not only sold them to museums, but also managed to rip off the Tiffany & Co. jewelry company who bought a skull for $950 in 1885. The last skull to appear came out in 1992as part of an anonymous donation claimed that it had belonged to Mexican President Porfirio Díaz.

Currently, the skulls are part of samples of archaeological forgeries in the museums that possess them.

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