Tuesday, July 15, 2008

FAKE ALERT

Fake Alert

We have received lots of flack about our comments (Kovels Komments, June 4) on crystal skulls, the basis of the movie "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls." A Paris museum discovered a few months ago that its crystal skull was not an Aztec carving but a fake, and this month the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution also found they had fakes. All of the skulls were made with modern tools. Maybe the legendary skulls of the movie are still to be found, or maybe it's all just a good story.

4 comments:

peter larson said...

Arthur C Clark had a show ( Artheru C Clarks mysterious world or something like that) on about 20 years ago trying to decide if a glass skull this lady had in Britain was real...unless he was lying on his show...the show said they could not explain the skull...

Anonymous said...

Every one of those skulls is a modern invention, bearing no resemblance to any Pre-Columbian art. In fact, for a dozen years or more, they were very much assumed to be fakes by those who held them (e.g., the Smithsonian)... and only the current popularity spawned by the Indiana Jones movie led researches to put the final nail in the coffin through modern techniques of examination.

Anonymous said...

I was in the British Museum in London in June of 2007 and saw their crystal skull. At that time the display stated that the skull had been made with modern tools, so I don't understand your comment that they just realized it was fake within the last month.

Anonymous said...

Two of the so called "crystal skulls" have been examined by experts who can NOT find any tool marks...the History Channel has done extensive work and investigation on the subject; a Canadian found the first one in a Mayan ruin in the l930's.
It was a good movie, anyway, agree?
David Bubba London
Texas Historian