Two allegedly pre-Columbian crystal skulls turn out to be counterfeits
Welcome to this summer’s scientific blockbuster, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skullduggery.” In his latest cinematic adventure, the bullwhip-cracking Jones chases down an ancient skull carved out of crystal that contains supernatural powers.
But a new analysis of two actual crystal skulls — skulls carved out of a type of quartz rock — fingers the artifacts as forgeries. The supposed treasures have been attributed to either the Aztecs or a related pre-Columbian society in Mexico, the Mixtecs.
One of the two life-size carvings was purchased in 1897 by the BritishMuseu