One of the ancient mysteries I've recently been working on is; what's the least watchable sport--soccer or bowling? You're right, trick question. Bowling is not a sport.
Speaking of objects with finger holes (bowling balls), I've also been looking into the ancient mysteries posed by the crystal skulls phenomenon. What's less interesting; stories about professional bowlers with an edge-like they wear sunglasses inside, or mystical properties of crystal skulls like-oh, its eyes follow me everywhere or they interfere with my cable reception? Answer:its a tie.
Let’s face it though, if s8int.com had a decent editor, this article wouldn’t have gotten published, certainly not in its present form, or it probably wouldn’t have even been commissioned. On the other hand, how much did you have to pay for it? I will say I think I've reached some startling conclusions supported by evidence here, though even so I'm using the website byline on it, and not my full name.
Okay, so here it is:
"The most widely celebrated and mysterious crystal skull is the Mitchell-Hedges Skull, for at least two good reasons.
First, it is very similar in form to an actual human skull, even featuring a fitted removable jawbone. Most known crystal skulls are of a more stylized structure, often with unrealistic features and teeth that are simply etched onto a single skull piece.
Second, it is impossible to say how the Mitchell-Hedges skull was constructed. From a technical standpoint, it appears to be an impossible object which today's most talented sculptors and engineers would be unable to duplicate.
The Mitchell-Hedges skull is made of clear quartz crystal, and both cranium and mandible are believed to have come from the same solid block.
It weighs 11.7 pounds and is about five inches high, five inches wide, and seven inches long. Except for slight anomalies in the temples and cheekbones, it is a virtually anatomically correct replica of a human skull.
Because of its small size and other characteristics, it is thought more closely to resemble a female skull -- and this has led some to refer to the Mitchell-Hedges skull as a "she."
The Mitchell-Hedges family loaned the skull to Hewlett-Packard Laboratories for extensive study in 1970. Art restorer Frank Dorland oversaw the testing at the Santa Clara, California, computer equipment manufacturer, a leading facility for crystal research. The HP examinations yielded some startling results.
…..Researchers found that the skull had been carved against the natural axis of the crystal. Modern crystal sculptors always take into account the axis, or orientation of the crystal's molecular symmetry, because if they carve "against the grain," the piece is bound to shatter -- even with the use of lasers and other high-tech cutting methods.
To compound the strangeness, HP could find no microscopic scratches on the crystal which would indicate it had been carved with metal instruments. Dorland's best hypothesis for the skull's construction is that it was roughly hewn out with diamonds, and then the detail work was meticulously done with a gentle solution of silicon sand and water.
The exhausting job -- assuming it could possibly be done in this way -- would have required man-hours adding up to 300 years to complete.
Under these circumstances, experts believe that successfully crafting a shape as complex as the Mitchell-Hedges skull is impossible; as one HP researcher is said to have remarked, "The d------ thing simply shouldn't be."
Further examples of primitively sculpted skulls are a couple called the Mayan Crystal Skull and the Amethyst Skull. They were discovered in the early 1900s in Guatemala and Mexico, respectively, and were brought to the U.S. by a Mayan priest.
The Amethyst Skull is made of purple quartz and the Mayan skull is clear, but the two are otherwise very alike. Like the Mitchell-Hedges skull, both of them were studied at Hewlett-Packard, and they too were found to be inexplicably cut against the axis of the crystal.
Many skeptics feel that the crystal skulls are probably of a much more recent vintage than their accompanying stories suggest. This, they believe, is the best way to explain their existence, since no one could have created them without technologies available only within the past century.
Since carbon-dating only works on organic substances, it is impossible to determine just how old a crystal skull is. But one recent study found reasonable signs of some skulls' relative youth.
A May broadcast of the BBC documentary series "Everyman" reported on studies of a number of crystal skulls and other artifacts of supposedly ancient origin conducted at the British Museum.
Using electron microscopes, the researchers found that two of the skulls possessed straight, perfectly-spaced surface markings, indicating the use of a modern polishing wheel. Genuine ancient objects would show haphazard tiny scratches from the hand-polishing process.
The report speculated that these skulls were actually made in Germany within the past 150 years"...WorldMysteries.com
The skulls are fake. Some of the skulls are fakes. They’re all mysterious. There is nothing to them.
S8int.com’s solution in four parts. This solution’s basic assumption is that at least some of the crystal skulls feature real anomalies and real mysteries in their manufacture.
Item 1: October 5, 1902
New York Times
Jewel Evolved From A Bone
“A rough opal that was once part of the backbone of a prehistoric animal, and is now one of the most remarkable specimens of its kind in the world, has recently been found in Australia. The remarkable stone, which is in the rough, is remarkable for its size alone, which is 2 ¼ inches by 2 ¼ inches. It weighs 1,150 karats. From a small piece which has been chipped off it appears to be a stone of wonderful beauty, rich color and fire.
It is not, however on these considerations that its claim to distinction is based, but upon the fact that it is an opalized fossil. A glance at it will convince even the lay mind that it is a petrified vertebra of some prehistoric animal.”
A Dr. O.P. Hay, an assistant Curator at the Met Museum of Natural History insists that his name not be pronounced “Opie”. He also confirmed that the fossil appeared to be that of a plesiosaurus.
January 11, 1920
New York Times
Tree Trunks Turned to Opals
“In Humbolt County, Nevada, in the heart of the great natural wonderland of the West,” writes H.P. Whitlock, Curator of the Department of Mineralogy of the American Museum of Natural History, have been brought to light some fossil remains remarkable not merely because they are trees which have turned to stone but because the stone is opal.
‘To construct the process by which this miracle of nature has come about we must go back many thousands of years, …..yada yada yada”
"Not All Varieties of Quartz are Natural
Not all varieties of quartz are naturally occurring. Prasiolite, an olive colored material, is produced by heat treatment; natural prasiolite has also been observed in Lower Silesia in Poland. Although citrine occurs naturally, the majority is the result of heat-treated amethyst. Carnelian is widely heat-treated to deepen its color.
Because natural quartz is so often twinned, much quartz used in industry is synthesized. Large, flawless and untwinned crystals are produced in an autoclave via the hydrothermal process: emeralds are also synthesized in this fashion.
Quartz occurs in hydrothermal veins and pegmatites. Well-formed crystals may reach several meters in length and weigh hundreds of kilograms. These veins may bear precious metals such as gold or silver, and form the quartz ores sought in mining. Erosion of pegmatites may reveal expansive pockets of crystals, known as "cathedrals."
Quartz is a common constituent of granite, sandstone, limestone, and many other igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks"….Wikepedia
My preliminary theory is that the skull being one of the hardest parts of the human body could perhaps have become crystallized due to heat and pressure. Our recent research shows that some strange things can happen to the human body after death, and after all it is only about $5 worth of minerals.
The point here is that if these were Actual skulls that had been crystallized or whatever you’d call the process, there would be no tool marks and--perhaps you’d get the same sets of anomalies reported with respect to some of the allegedly tested skulls.
The problem is, as far as we know there are no crystal thigh bones or knee bones around which are also strong and durable bones. What accidental crystal making process would make only skulls?
But the fact that crystal quartz can be manufactured does suggest something as well. Let’s see; the majority of all the crystal skulls are said to have originated in Central and South America and are attributed to the Maya or Inca, bones can be "jewelized"..crystal quartz can be manufactured…..
Archaeologist Finds Incas Turned Bones To Turquoise
Flores Discovers Ovens Wherein Human Remains Were, He Believes, Transmuted Into Gems
May 13, 1934
New York Times
“Lima. The Incas knew the secret of making artificial turquoise from human bones, according to the Peruvian archaeologist, Manuel Benedicto Flores, of Ayucucho, a city nearly 10,000 feet up in the Andes.
Flores recently uncovered subterranean ovens where, he says, a process involving the use of Heat and chemicals was used to bring about the transformation.
The turquoise was then carved into the image of the dead person and kept by descendants, who practiced ancestor worship, or a symbol of rare continuity. Flores found bones in every stage of the process up to the carved image.”
The bones were apparently placed in deep beds of clay within three large vats Flores found, along with charcoal and various chemicals. The ovens are tubular and known as thullpas. According to Flores’ research, the vats were connected by pipes for the pupose of drawing off gases and forcing in air.
Flores also found various minerals used for the purpose of imparting the various colorations of the turquoise. After some time in this process, the bones were laid out on slabs and hardened with some other chemicals.
The Incas really were some very strange pieces of work.
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