The Captivating Secrets of the Crystal Skulls

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One of the more fascinating mysteries of our time centers around the crystal skulls that have been found all over the world from the early 20th century to this day. Most of the skulls range from a couple of inches in height to a foot or more and weigh anywhere from 1-20lbs. In many instances formed out of a single piece of stone and phenomenally well-made, the skulls remain a true mystery of the ages for a number of reasons.


As with many ancient mysteries, one of the more interesting aspects of the crystal skulls lies in the clearly advanced technology that was used to produce them. While some of the older skulls are comparatively primitive-looking and show tool marks and other evidence that suggests that they were hand carved, some of the others defy explanation due to their sheer flawlessness. Even assuming some of the skulls are only a few hundred years old, it would have been near-impossible for people of the time to have manufactured them by any process that we know of.

Even today, producing a skull with such a degree of craftsmanship would be impressive. But when we consider that many of the crystal skulls found were formed out of a single piece of solid rock (in most instances, quartz) we are forced to admit that this is one mystery that defies rational explanation. Quartz scores a 7 on the moh’s scale of hardness (out of 10, with diamond being the hardest material). Given that, the people at the time must have had access to some sharp but also exceedingly accurate tools to have produced crystal skulls to such a high standard.

Indeed, one of the main problems we face when trying to unravel the story behind the crystal skulls is the inability to accurately date them. The best estimates we have put them at anywhere from perhaps 200 to 1500 years old. The range is so wide because crystal cannot be carbon dated.

Instead, researchers have had to examine the skulls under electron microscopes and offer up their best guesses as to what tools were used to create and carve them. Based on that, the skulls are then matched to a time period that seems to best fit the findings.


The skulls have been found in a wide variety of locations, with a concentration in Central- and South America. Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Brazil have all yielded a number of skulls, but they have been found as far afield as Tibet and other locations many thousands of miles away from Mesoamerica.

Characteristics and Possible Uses

One of the more noteworthy aspects of the crystal skulls is their ability to reflect light so interestingly. In one instance, an old crystal skull on display at a London museum reflected light so eerily that cleaners were reluctant to do their work anywhere near the skull at night unless the display case was covered.

In any case, when we consider that crystals themselves, as well as light reflection/refraction played a part in ancient healing and cleansing rituals throughout Central- and South America many hundreds of years ago, we can envision why shamans and others at the time would have wanted such skulls in their possession.

Some experts and crystal skull enthusiasts believe that the skulls themselves can be “activated” – unlocking their full potential by meditation, connecting them to other crystal skulls by way of light rays, or connecting them to sacred places throughout the world.

But none of that explains how or why the skulls came into existence and who made them. Of course, the rational mind would simply assume that they were hand-made, but we can’t help but feel there must have been some other force at work, possibly extraterrestrial in nature. We must also bear in mind that there is simply no other object or item dating back hundreds of years that comes anywhere close to the standard of the crystal skulls in terms of craftsmanship.

We’ve all seen museum pieces such as everyday crockery and ceremonial items that adorned the body and abodes of Kings and leaders from the ancient world. But did any of those seem as well-made as any ancient crystal skull we’ve seen? Granted, the quartz used in the skulls has held up well over time thanks to the durability of the rock, but even so, other newly-made items at the time would have paled in comparison to their flawlessness.

It should be noted however that not all the crystal skulls were intended to be precise replicas of the human skull – some are significantly distorted in terms of proportions.


The crystal skulls have long been associated with folklore and legend. One legend states that there are a finite number of skulls and that when all are recovered, a dimensional portal will open up, revealing an ethereal doorway to a time and place where the skulls were initially created. However, humankind will only locate all the skulls once we are sufficiently spiritually developed and ready to transcend our current world. Such a tale is told to countless youngsters in Central- and South America to this day.

Regardless, the skulls remain, by and large, a mystery. It is perhaps too straightforward to assume they are simply hand-made trinkets of old when we consider all the various facets that make up these magnificent relics, not in the least due to the haphazard guesses put forth by researchers who are essentially working in the dark.

Did the Mayans, Aztecs and other ancient cultures have these skulls gifted to them by others not of this world? Did aliens assist in their creation in some other fashion? Perhaps we will never find out. But on some level it may be nice to know that not all mysteries can be solved by science – after all, as we can probably all agree, there are some things pertaining to our world and reality that we are simply not meant to know.

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