A new study used an electron microscope to show that two of the best known crystal skulls, which are on display at the British Museum in London and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, are modern fakes, because they were created with tools that were not available to the ancient Mayans or Aztecs. But that doesn’t mean that ALL of the skulls are fakes.

In BBC News, Paul Rincon quotes archeologist Ian Freestone as saying, “There are about a dozen or more of these crystal skulls. Except for the British Museum skull and one in Paris, they seem to have entered public awareness since the 60s, with the interest in quartz and the New Age movement. It does appear that people have been making them since then. Some of them are quite good, but some of them look like they were produced with a Black & Decker in someone’s garage. There seems to be the assumption that if it is roughly worked, it is more likely to have been made by a traditional society. That’s untrue of course, because people were quite sophisticated. They might not have had modern tools, but they did a good job.”

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