Fakes in the museum

A close-up examination of crystal skulls reveals the true, recent origins of these "relics"

By Jennifer Cutraro, 00:00 AM June 11, 2008

New research indicates that this crystal skull, housed at the Smithsonian Institution, was made in the 1950s, not by Aztecs more than 500 years ago as some have thought.

New research indicates that this crystal skull, housed at the Smithsonian Institution, was made in the 1950s, not by Aztecs more than 500 years ago as some have thought.

Smithsonian Institution/James Di Loreto

Indiana Jones might have saved himself a whole lot of trouble in his new movie if only he had known the crystal skulls he traveled so far to find were probably fakes.

Crystal skulls, carved from a see-through mineral called quartz, have been thought by some scholars to be relics of...

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