To some people, a crystal skull is simply an object carved from quartz crystal in the shape of a human skull. But to those that believe in the supernatural and the occult, they represent doom and destruction, hope and healing, or even a view into the past, present and future.
Crystal skulls are more than just quartz artifacts -- some believers say they also represent death and healing. Which of the following is not said to be emitted by crystal skulls?
What ancient civilization supposedly left 13 Crystal skulls for modern society to find?
There's no definitive meaning or history behind Crystal skulls. Which of the following theories isn't thought to explain the existence of crystal skulls?
They're relics of lost civilizations like Atlantis and Lemuria.
They're the actual skulls of Roman saints.
They were placed on Earth by aliens.
Anna Mitchell-Hedges found a crystal skull in the mid-1920s. Where was the now infamous Mitchell-Hedges skull located?
buried within a tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings
covered by volcanic ash in the ruins of Pompeii
beneath a Mayan temple in Lubaatun
The Mayans are said to have told Anna that this crystal skull contained a special power. What kind of power did the Mitchell-Hedges skull posses?
It brought the dead back to life.
It willed death.
It conveyed messages from the gods.
In 1898, from whom did the British Museum purchase its crystal skull?
Tiffany & Co.
How did the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History acquire its own crystal skull?
The wealthy benefactor Harold W. McGrew donated it in 1935.
It mysteriously arrived in the mail in 1992.
It bought the skull from the Musée de l'Homme in Paris in 1878.
Art historian Frank Dorland turned to whom for help analyzing the Mitchell-Hedges skull?
Harvard Department of Anthropology
In 1980, what did gem expert Allan Jobbins say to disprove Anna Mitchell-Hedge's claims about her crystal skull?
The skull was a fake -- it was made from glass, not crystal.
The axes of skull proved that it was an amateur replica of a crystal skull.
The crystal with which the skull was made came from Brazil, a country where Mayans weren't known to live.
Anthropologist Jane Walsh took the Smithsonian's crystal skull to the British Museum in 2005 to examine it under an electron-scanning microscope. What did she conclude?
It was probably a sacred artifact -- it showed no evidence of man-made construction, modern or ancient.