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Well Frederick Mitchell-Hedges was a professional adventurer. He would like to have called himself an explorer. Professor Norman Hammond, University of Boston
It [Skull of Doom] is at least three thousand six hundred years old. And according to legend was used by the High Priests of the Maya. F A Mitchell-Hedges, ‘Danger My Alley’, biography 1954
This is the weirdest jewel in the world. The Skull of Doom ... Almost from the day of its discovery this – the largest worked gemstone in the world – has been a mystery ... The tests begin on the Hedges-Mitchell Skull ... When and where it was worked is sheer guesswork. Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World
The Hewlett-Packard scientists detected signs of modern tool marks ... It displayed peso-electric properties. Crystal Skulls: Behind the Legend
In 1992 an anonymous package arrived at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Inside was a previously unknown crystal skull. ibid.
Now magnified up to a hundred times, tool marks on the mould are clearly visible. The earliest carving wheels only arrived in America long after the Europeans invaded. So the Maya and Aztecs never possessed any such tools. There is only one conclusion. The ancient Americans could not have made the London crystal skull. Modern technology can also reveal where the crystal came from. Rock crystal usually has small impurities known as inclusions which are specific to the region where the crystal grew. And the inclusions in the British Museum skull show that its origin is nowhere near Central America and the Aztecs and Maya. Madagascar started to export rock crystal to France in the late nineteen century as did Brazil. No crystal like this has ever been found in Central America ... Both the London and Paris skulls have now been proved to be fakes. Almost certainly carved in nineteenth-century Europe and brought on to the market by Eugene Boban. The man who set the crystal skull ball rolling. ibid.
The Skull’s appearance created an immediate sensation amongst the local tribesmen. The Mayan elders believed that in ancient times thirteen crystal skulls were buried in secret places around the world. Ancient Aliens s1e3: The Mission, History 2010
Why would visiting aliens have given a crystal skull to the Mayans? To what purpose? ibid.
Are they an elaborate hoax? Or could they reveal extraterrestrial secrets? Ancient Aliens s6e2: Crystal Skulls
Quartz crystal cannot be carbon-dated. ibid.
Twelve known quartz skulls. ibid.
Carved from solid pieces of rock crystal. They first appeared in the nineteenth century and quickly gained a dark notoriety as mysterious relics made by the ancient American civilisations. The Truth Behind: Crystal Skulls, National Geographic 2010
Believers say they can communicate with these skulls directly. ibid.
The solid crystal skull, known as the Skull of Doom, weighs a hefty five kilograms. ibid.
From the beginning the crystal skulls are claimed to have paranormal powers. ibid.
This replica proves the Skull of Doom can be copied. ibid.
It’s an inconsistency that doesn’t add up. ibid.
68,996. Anna Mitchell Hedges also confirmed the rumours that it had terrible power. ibid.
It’s just a lump of intrinsically carved quartz. ibid.
The physical evidence contradicts the idea that the Skull must have originated from Central America. According to experts the Skull of Doom was modelled on a woman from Europe. ibid.
The mystery of the Skull of Doom is slowly being unravelled. ibid.
So who did make the Skull of Doom? ibid.
The Skull of Doom must have been made by high speed machine cutting, just like its replica. It can’t be Maya or ancient. Its European features cast further doubt. ibid.
It was sold at auction at Sotherby’s to Frederick Mitchell Hedges. Dr Jane Walsh, Smithsonian Institute
By the 1970s, the crystal skulls [had] entered New Age mythology as potent relics of ancient Atlantis, and they even acquired a canonical number: there were exactly thirteen skulls.
None of this would have anything to do with North American Indian matters, if the skulls had not attracted the attention of some of the most active New Age writers. Philip Jenkins
Crystal Skulls: Proven to be fakes. Chris White, Ancient Aliens Thoroughly Debunked, 2012