The Apocalyptic Power of the Crystal Skulls – UNCOVERED

Crystal Skulls are mysterious artefacts, thousands of years old, made of clear or milky white quartz, and thought to possess wisdom beyond human comprehension and paranormal powers The precious relics have fascinated scientists and story-tellers all over the world, for years

They have even inspired the biggest Hollywood blockbusters But is it all just science fiction or is there a grain of truth in the myth of the Crystal Skulls? Crystal Skulls, purportedly pre-Colombian relics from the ancient Mesoamerican civilization in Central America, achieved notoriety in 1924, with the Mitchell-Hedges expedition British adventurer Frederick Mitchell-Hedges and his adopted daughter, Anna, led an expedition to Lubaantun, an ancient Mayan city, now in modern Belize There, inside a Mayan pyramid, they found a crystal skull made from a single, solid piece of clear quartz Mitchell-Hedges wrote about the skull expedition in his 1954 memoir and called the relic the skull of doom, claiming that “several people who have cynically laughed at it have died, others have been stricken and become seriously ill

” His daughter Anna spent decades spreading word of the skull’s mythological powers on international tours and television appearances She reported that Mayans told her that the skull could be used to induce death She also claimed the skull can cause visions, cure cancer, and that once it predicted the assassination of John F Kennedy The Mitchell-Hedges skull is with no doubt the most famous crystal skull

However, it’s not alone Over the years, other magical crystal skulls, mostly from private collections, have emerged from across Mexico and South America The discovery of all these crystal skulls lends surprising credence to a Native American prophecy, which says that at a pivotal time in humanity's history, 13 crystal skulls will be reunited to inaugure a new era, transforming our planet into a new world But only if humanity is ready According to the legend of the Great Flood, as Native American Cherokee Harley Swift-Deer Reagan recalls, ""The skulls were kept inside a pyramid in a formation of tremendous power known as the Ark

The Ark was comprised of the twelve skulls from each of the sacred planets kept in a circle, with the thirteenth skull, the largest, placed in the centre of this formation This thirteenth skull represents the collective consciousness of all the worlds It connects up to the knowledge of all the sacred planets” Native American Shaman Patricio Dominguez believes "The crystal skulls are complete depositories of knowledge and each skull contains a particular specialist area of information – like a living library [

] The knowledge that is going to come out from the skulls is quite unimaginable to our current minds But that it is definitely going to come out at a certain time is already foregone It has been prophesied

But whether we humans then use that knowledge for good or for our own destruction is really down to our preparations"" Some internet theories claim that the crystal skulls may be of extraterrestrial origin If true, they may be the crystallized consciousness of advanced beings related to Atlantis, the Pleiades, or beyond Others prefer to focus on the skulls' physical properties rather than wondering about their origins And to them, the key to explaining their mystic powers can be found in computer technology and Piezoelectricity

Piezoelectricity is the ability of some materials to generate an electric potential in response to applied mechanical stress Quartz crystals, the principal element in the crystal skulls, can convert electrical voltage into the mechanical regulation of clocks and computers This process can also be reversed, simply by using mechanical pressure to produce electrical voltage In the electronics industry, the word crystal is usually restricted to refer to a crystalline substance that exhibits the piezoelectric effect The first practical application for piezoelectric devices was developed in 1917 for a sonar detector

The detector consisted of a transducer made of thin quartz crystals Since then, quartz crystals have been used to make oscillators for radios, computer chips, and clocks But Quartz’ properties also come into play when talking about the origins of the skulls Quartz is a natural stone that comes directly from Earth The only way to estimate the age of a Quartz crystal is by examining its surface and searching for any evidence that the crystal was carved by humans

In which case, the crystal should show ancient or modern tool marks Anthropologists and scientists from the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris and the British Museum in London analysed the crystal skulls and dismissed any possibility of them originating from Atlantis or outer space Still, it was only in 1992 that the mysterious origins of the crystal skulls was finally unravelled, when a milky-white rock skull was delivered anonymously to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, with nothing but a note stating “This Aztec skull was purchased in Mexico in 1960

” This prompted Mexican archaeology expert Jane McLaren Walsh to compare the skulls from other museums One of the first things Walsh noticed was the stylistic difference between the crystal skulls and other Mesoamerican skulls Pre-Colombian skulls were usually carved out of basalt and were roughly carved Quartz was rarely used at the time Subsequently, Walsh traced both the ownership of the British and French skulls to the 19th-century amateur archaeologist and antiquities dealer Eugene Boban

Boban frequently travelled to Mexico to purchase antiques and take them back to Paris to sell in his shop Boban had a record for selling fakes, but neither of the museums had bought the skulls directly from him For example, the British Museum bought the skulls from Tiffany and Co in 1988 Since the origin of the crystal skulls was in doubt, in 1996, Walsh set up a collaborative programme between the Smithsonian and British museums to determine when and where the skulls were made

Using light and scanning electron microscopy, experts compared the surfaces of the skulls with the surface of a genuine Mesoamerican crystal goblet, which is one of the few crystal objects to survive from before Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas The irregular marks on the goblet were consistent with hand-held tools but inconsistent with the regular marks on the skulls This proved the skulls were constructed with more advanced equipment like a rotary wheel, which in Mexico was available only after the Spanish conquest Next, a Raman Spectroscopic Analysis determined the origin of the British Museum crystal skull based on specific impurities inherent to it The impurities in the skull revealed that the quartz originated from Brazil or Madagascar and not Mexico

To determine the Smithsonian skull’s origin, the team used X-Ray Diffraction Analysis The test revealed the presence of small particles of silica carbide, a sludgy substance used to coat rotary wheels, which are used to give an object a smooth finish This substance only came into use during the 1950s, which makes the Smithsonian skull far more recent Finally, in April 2008, a year after Anna Mitchell-Hughes died, the same scientific tests verified that the Mitchell-Hedges skull was also a modern work of art However, despite scientific analysis proving the history of the crystal skulls is far from an ancient mystery, many people refuse to believe it

Alternative theorist Michele Nocerino, for example, reported that, when she asked Jane McLaren Walsh about the results of her tests, she merely replied, “no comment” Perhaps, like all works of art, truth is really in the eye of the beholder

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