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Old 02-16-2014, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Only saw part of the story today on Smithsonian channel. (not the movie, the facts about museum pieces, please)

Does anyone know some of the backstory in this?

The crystal skulls are human skull hardstone carvings made of clear or milky white quartz, known in art history as "rock crystal", claimed to be pre-Columbian Mesoamerican artifacts by their alleged finders; however, none of the specimens made available for scientific study have been authenticated as pre-Columbian in origin.

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Old 02-18-2014, 03:45 PM
 
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What do you want to talk about? I thought all of them had been conclusively proven to be fakes? As for why, the theory du jour seemed to be that they were created to satiate European collectors. All of the ones currently in museum collections are labelled as "art deco" kind of pieces.
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:31 PM
 
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Legend of the Crystal Skulls?

Sounds like the the title of an Indiana Jones flick.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:34 PM
 
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Only saw part of the story today on Smithsonian channel. (not the movie, the facts about museum pieces, please)

Does anyone know some of the backstory in this?

The crystal skulls are human skull hardstone carvings made of clear or milky white quartz, known in art history as "rock crystal", claimed to be pre-Columbian Mesoamerican artifacts by their alleged finders; however, none of the specimens made available for scientific study have been authenticated as pre-Columbian in origin.

Crystal skull - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Seems to run the gamut. There are a few of these, some claimed, as fakes, maybe all? Has been a controversial topic for some time.
However, have you seen this? Intriguing.
5D 'Superman memory' - Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Coined as the ‘Superman’ memory crystal’, as the glass memory has been compared to the “memory crystals” used in the Superman films, the data is recorded via self-assembled nanostructures created in fused quartz, which is able to store vast quantities of data for over a million years. The information encoding is realised in five dimensions: the size and orientation in addition to the three dimensional position of these nanostructures.

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Old 03-14-2014, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Seems to run the gamut. There are a few of these, some claimed, as fakes, maybe all? Has been a controversial topic for some time.
However, have you seen this? Intriguing.
5D 'Superman memory' - Optoelectronics Research Centre

quote:
Coined as the ‘Superman’ memory crystal’, as the glass memory has been compared to the “memory crystals” used in the Superman films, the data is recorded via self-assembled nanostructures created in fused quartz, which is able to store vast quantities of data for over a million years. The information encoding is realised in five dimensions: the size and orientation in addition to the three dimensional position of these nanostructures.
Thanks CDUsr

Yes it is presented as a pseudo-myth, at Smithsonian...I'm just curious how much else is....Isn't quartz rater opaque/hard to carve?

The "Ruby Slippers", for example which I recently viewed at Smithsonian look remarkably well preserved for.glitter and paste 1930's props.

The skull carvings were very precise, odd. like movie props....
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