The famous Crystal Skull is an ancient Mayan made from rock crystal.
The skull was discovered by explorer F.A. Mitchell-Hedges in 1927 at
Lubaantun, British Honduras.
It is estimated the skull may be up to 12,000 years old.
The skull was shaped by a succession of Mayan priests from a large
block of pure crystal. It is thought it may have taken over 150 years
to complete the skull.
The skull is said to bring a curse on those who mock it. Observers
have reported sounds, odours and amazing light effects.
Laboratory tests that were carried out by Hewlett-Packard Company,
Santa Clara, California reveal the skull has optical properties which
would be virtually impossible to duplicate with modern day equipment.
There is a similar but rougher counterpart to the Mayan Skull.
Discovered in 1889 in Mexico it is much cruder in execution. It is
currently on display at the British Museum of Mankind, in London.
There is also the Paris Crystal Skull. A single piece of clear quartz
held in the Trocadero Museum in Paris. It came allegedly from a
soldier of fortune in Mexico in the late 1880's. It has the most
primitive of facial features and design.
The Amethyst Crystal Skull is a single piece of amethyst crystal
discovered in a Mayan cache of artifacts in Mexico by a Mayan
Brotherhood in the early 1900's. Features are the circular
indentations in the temple and a white squiggly line that goes the
circumference of the skull.
There is said to be a total of thirteen crystal skulls in existence today.