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Let mysteries be a mystery

24 June, 2008

To cash in on the new Indiana Jones film, ITV1 have shown a “documentary” about the Aztec and Mayan crystal skulls. These objects have been viewed with awe and reverence since they were discovered. Some say that the skulls have mystical properties and others that they are tools used to communicate with aliens or other such fortean activities. I loved the idea that because they are made of crystal and have no carbon what so ever, they can’t be dated using modern carbon dating techniques, ha one in the eye for the scientists! So no one can say just how old or young these objects of wonder really are. Or can they? The TV programme set out to show how the skulls have been examined to get to the bottom of their existence.

Obviously, they couldn’t just focus on the mystery surrounding the skulls, the fact that the 13 skulls are a marvel of artistry and workmanship, no they had to go all out to debunk the skulls themselves. They had to show the scientific side of the examinations of the skulls and the electron microscope scrutiny of the tool marks. Of course, they conclude that the skulls examined, three of the 13, were fakes and were manufactured. Note the change of wording; manufactured using modern day techniques in the latter half of the 19th century and therefore could never have been produced by the Mayans or Aztecs thousands of years ago. After all, the Mayans didn’t have diamond tipped cutting tools or other such modern equipment.

So, there we go, another of life’s mysteries solved. The skulls were not a gift from aliens as some beleive, nor carved by ancient artesans, polished over generations to the exquisite examples or art that we see in the museums where they gather dust.

I don’t know about you, but life just got that bit duller. I’m off to stare out at the stars above. They can’t take that from me!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 16 August, 2008 3:22 PM

    Interesting artefact. I wonder about it polish, how and who did it.

  2. 8 July, 2008 11:23 PM

    Sometimes it’s better not to know. I don’t like those programmes where they choose a famous, though dead, person -artist, writer, scientist – whom you’ve always admired and then tell you lots of bad things about them. I just don’t want to know – I want to remember them for their work.

  3. 24 June, 2008 11:04 PM

    Never say never that they can’t take that from you. 😛

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