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Wild World: Crystal Skull Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • sound
  • psychic energy
  • fire

What ancient civilization supposedly left 13 Crystal skulls for modern society to find?

  • Greek
  • Mayan
  • Aztec

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?

  • Smithsonian
  • Sotheby's
  • 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?

  • Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
  • Harvard Department of Anthropology
  • Sotheby's London

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.
  • It was probably made with ancient tools.
  • It was probably made with modern machinery.