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In the Mouth of Madness
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« Reply #45 on: May 18, 2008, 03:57:14 am »



The crystal skull at the British Museum.

(Looks similar to the  the Mitchell-Hedges skull, but without the movable jaw).
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« Reply #46 on: May 18, 2008, 03:58:43 am »

Don't forget the show is on tonight on the SciFi Channel if anyone is interested!    Smiley
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« Reply #47 on: May 18, 2008, 05:55:22 am »

 * * * there is no show tonte
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« Reply #48 on: May 18, 2008, 11:08:29 am »

Actually DDDnD3D, look on the "Guide".....
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First they are airing the first three episodes of IJ and then there is a documentary.......
I'm curious....
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« Reply #49 on: May 27, 2008, 01:20:48 am »

I think that the fact that there is a movie now centered around these skulls, means that they are going to become the focus of a lot of attention.

To me this appears to be a concerted effort to diminish the importance of these skulls. From now on most talk of the crystal skulls will undoubtedly draw references to "Indiana Jones". Just as with the current generation, any talk of moving things with your minds generally brings up talk of "Star Wars" and "the Force". I feel that this is deliberate.

It may be an indicator that whatever the purpose the skulls have, the time is drawing near for them to fulfil that purpose.

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« Reply #50 on: May 27, 2008, 01:50:52 am »

Sure, aren't they supposed to be gathered in the year 2012 to either bring about or stop the end of the world?
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« Reply #51 on: May 28, 2008, 01:42:01 am »

We'll have to reexamine the roots of the legend, but that is essentially the gist of it.  Cool
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« Reply #52 on: May 31, 2008, 06:59:03 pm »

It's rumored that they now have 9 of 13. Secondly the answer to Artimes question is Yes.
That is the legend behind them according to the Mayan scripts which gives us less then 4 years. I also will agree with Jake that there are alot of people who are more interested in the spread of disinformation about the Crystal Skulls.

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« Reply #53 on: July 10, 2008, 10:16:50 pm »

Why such a fascination with crystal skulls?
Smithsonian plans to put one on display — even though it's a fake




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This undated handout photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows the crystal skull — deemed a fake by experts — that will be put on display starting Thursday.
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By Randolph E. Schmid

updated 2:43 p.m. CT, Wed., July. 9, 2008
WASHINGTON - Some mysteries are such fun you almost don't want to know the truth. That may help explain why people are fascinated with crystal skulls.

Happy to share the spotlight with the latest Indiana Jones movie, the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History is putting its crystal skull on display starting Thursday.

"People like to believe in something greater than themselves," Smithsonian anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh said, and crystal skulls are mysterious and beautiful.

The skulls "are a fascinating example of artifacts that have made their way into museums with no scientific evidence to prove their rumored pre-Columbian origins," she added.

Crystals carved into the shape of a human skull fed the 19th century's need for drama and mystery and its fascination with death. They were supposed to be the creation of ancient Mesoamericans — Aztecs, Mixtecs, Toltecs, perhaps Maya.

The skulls were claimed to represent the art and religion of these peoples. Some even said the skulls had special, even supernatural, powers.

Scientists say it ain't so.

Nonetheless, the giant crystal skull that mysteriously arrived at the Smithsonian 16 years ago is out of its locked cabinet in Walsh's office and will be on public view until Sept. 1.

Unraveling the mystery
Studying this skull led Walsh to extend her investigation into crystal skulls in other museums and to conclude that all are fakes, made in the 19th and 20th centuries.

"In the past, most carved skulls were assumed to be ancient," she said. After all, why would someone go to the trouble of faking one?

Still, she is glad it arrived at her doorstep and prompted the study. "This particular object has told us a whole new story," she said.

The museum's director, Cristian Samper, said people often ask him if there is a real Indiana Jones doing archaeological work.

"I tell them there are several," he said. "People doing field work that is every bit as interesting."

Of the many crystal skulls in museums and private collections around the world, the Smithsonian's is one of the largest, at 10 inches high and weighing 30 pounds. It was mailed to the museum anonymously, accompanied by a note claiming it was of Aztec origin.

It's isn't, Walsh said.

The skulls were carved from blocks of quartz — sometimes called rock crystal — and show the marks of modern carving tools. That means they were not made before the 19th century. The Smithsonian one, she said, seems to have been made between 1950 and 1960.

Indeed, no crystal skulls have ever been found at an archaeological site.

True, skulls appear in Aztec and Toltec art. But, as scientists point out, they always were carved in relief in basalt, a dark rock.

Scientists think the crystal skulls were made in Europe and Mexico, most in the 19th century, a period when there was a thriving market in antiquities, real and fake.

Supernatural powers?
What about their claimed special powers?

Here's what the British Museum has to say:

"Large quartz crystal skulls have generated great interest and fascination since they began to surface in public and private collections during the second half of the 19th century. The British Museum views the skull in its collection as an enigmatic object of great interest but with no supernatural properties."


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None of this, though, discourages movies from featuring crystal skulls or museums from joining in. Indeed, in addition to putting its skull on display, the Smithsonian is reporting on the topic in Smithsonian Magazine's July issue and featuring the skulls in a documentary Thursday night on the Smithsonian Channel.

Crystal skulls also are public view at the British Museum in London and the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.

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« Reply #54 on: July 10, 2008, 10:18:07 pm »

It's rumored that they now have 9 of 13. Secondly the answer to Artimes question is Yes.
That is the legend behind them according to the Mayan scripts which gives us less then 4 years. I also will agree with Jake that there are alot of people who are more interested in the spread of disinformation about the Crystal Skulls.



It's hard to know what the actual truth is!  Everyone has an agenda.
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« Reply #55 on: December 24, 2008, 12:30:21 am »

That is a very true statement, it does seem that everyone has an agenda.
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« Reply #56 on: March 29, 2009, 10:41:10 pm »

The problem with the Crystal Skulls is that the artistry varies widely on them.

This one is obviously well done, for instance:



I do have some problems with the artistry on this one:



A product of an advanced race?  Maybe not!
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