We’re all familiar with Indiana Jones movies as well as the 2008 blockbuster “Kingdom of The Crystal Skulls”.
If you’re looking for a good mystery to wrap your mind around, look no further than Mexico’s Crystal Skulls. In the past crystal skulls have been discovered at ruin sites across Mexico. But now a new crystal skull has been discovered in an ancient ruin in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The lore surrounding the crystal skulls is one worth studying, especially if you start with the famous Mitchell-Hedges skull.
The Mitchell-Hedges skull is the most mysterious for at least 2 reasons; first, it is very similar in form to an actual human skull, even featuring a fitted removable jawbone. 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 unknown artist also used no metal tools. Investigators have been unable to find signs of any tell-tale scratch marks on the crystal, under high-powered microscopic analysis. Indeed, most metals would have been ineffectual, for the crystal has a specific gravity of 2.65, and a “Mohs Scale” hardness factor of 7.
The enigma of the skull, however, does not end with only how it was made. The zygomatic arches (the bone arch extending along the sides and front of the cranium) are accurately separated from the skull piece, and act as light pipes, using principles similar to modern optics, to channel light from the base of the skull to the eye sockets.
The eye sockets in turn are miniature concave lenses that also transfer light from a source below, into the upper cranium. Finally, in the interior of the skull is a ribbon prism and tiny light tunnels, by which objects held beneath the skull are magnified and brightened.
Observers have reported that, for unknown reasons, the skull will change color. Sometimes the frontal cranium clouds up, looking like white cotton, while at other times it turns perfectly clear, as if the space within disappears into an empty void. Over a period from 5 to 6 minutes, a dark spot often begins forming on the right side and slowly blackens the entire skull, then recedes and disappears as mysteriously as it came.
When looking at the sum total of skill and knowledge incorporated in the Mitchell-Hedges skull, modern science is stumped as to how to explain it. Author Garvin summarized the findings in these words: ‘It is virtually impossible today — in the time when men have climbed mountains on the moon — to duplicate this achievement”.
Further examples of primitively sculpted skulls are a couple called the Mayan Crystal Skull and the Amethyst Skull. They were discovered in the early 1900s in Guatemala and Mexico, respectively, and were said to be brought to the U.S. by a Mayan priest. The Amethyst Skull is made of purple quartz and the Mayan skull is clear, but the two are otherwise very alike. Like the Mitchell-Hedges skull, both of them were studied at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, and they too were found to be inexplicably cut against the axis of the crystal.
Regardless of any unearthly properties, the questions remain: where did they come from, how are they made, who made them and why? There are countless hypotheses that they are the legacy of some higher intelligence. Many believe they were created by extraterrestrials or beings in Atlantis or Lemuria.
The most obvious answer to the mystery is that native artisans crafted the skulls themselves. The Mayans are most often associated with them, although most scientists doubt that they could have made the skulls, simply because of the technical conundrum the job poses. To all who have studied them, the crystal skulls truly, as is often said, “Remain a mystery surrounded by a riddle and wrapped in an enigma”.
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