desalvoAFTER THE SMITHSONIAN found that the reputable Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull was a fake, doubts in the realm of crystal skull research arose. However, my research partner and friend, a leading crystal skulls expert, Dr. John DeSalvo, joined his research colleague, Scott Wolter of History Channel’s “America Unearthed” and owner of American Petrographic Services, in doing laboratory testing on crystal skulls found in ancient Chinese tombs — and the dating of these artifacts has given rise to even more questions. These skulls are speculated to be from the Hong Shan culture, which is believed to have existed during the late Neolithic period in China, dating from 4,000 to 6,000 years ago.

One skull, in particular, that was tested was large in size (dimensions: 7 inches long, 6 inches tall and 5 inches wide, weighing about 7 pounds), carved from translucent quartz and has a striking resemblance to the protruding facial prognathism, large brow ridge, and large orbits (eye sockets) found in early hominid and hominoid skulls.

Having some background in art history, I find that the style of carving of the skulls suspected to be from the Hong Shan is much different than the style of artifacts found from the culture. This observation does not necessarily require the expertise of an art historian. Although the culture is relatively new to archaeology, the majority of Hong Shan artifacts are thin and feature delicate jade carvings of dragons, animals, and a few traditional bi-disks. The crystal skulls are bulky and composed of uncommonly used materials for that culture.

Personally, when it comes to dating ancient artifacts using C-14 dating, I find it to be incredibly ineffective to date non-carbon based materials, such as stone carvings like the ancient crystal skulls. Finding such artifacts in certain levels of strata in the earth and comparing these items to other artifacts found during that period of history led me to believe that it is very possible that they are unrelated, and this is something I feel many mainstream archaeologists are naïve about or have trouble considering. It is important to be open to the possibility that these skulls could have existed prior to the Hong Shan culture, and that they were something the ancient Chinese civilization, or even others prior, discovered before we did.

Comparing another crystal skull speculated to be from the Hong Shan culture, again I came up with a distinguishing difference between not only the common jade artifacts but also the previously mentioned quartz crystal skull. This red obsidian skull was also discovered in a Chinese tomb, presumed to be from the Hong Shan.

The differences in this obsidian skull compared to the quartz skull include engravings, particularly in the teeth, that are not as deep and suggestive of a three-dimensional appearance. The mandible of this skull also is smaller than the quartz skull’s mandible. And mysteriously, this skull has an elongated cranium, which from what I am aware is unusual of any Chinese culture, but not unlikely because of some of the ancient body modifications Asian cultures practiced, such as feet binding.

Skull elongation is more commonly found in Central American traditions. That’s interesting, because in style, they are very similar to other crystal skulls and artifacts found in those regions. Yet, they are speculated to be Chinese. This could mean that these cultures, in the very distant past, had means of trade with one another and also advanced sea-faring skills.

Is it possible that these skulls have origins from extraterrestrial sources? Many believe that crystals and precious stones hold great information from civilizations or beings of the past that intended to record and share their history with humans of the future. Crystals, primarily quartz, are used in modern technology such as watches, televisions, computers, etc. It is my theory also that ancient civilizations had used crystals for the same purposes, as if they were an ancient form of a computer flash drives or digital recording devices that can be accessed through the psychic abilities and energy workings of human beings.

These crystals may possibly be used as some sort of transmitting device, or some sort of psychic radio that can reach far into the past energies of ancient civilizations or deep into the cosmos. Are these crystal skulls here for such a purpose? It is interesting that they are in the shape of a human skull, as if these ancient peoples or beings were putting the answer to the mysteries of the crystal skulls right in front of us.

Mystical purposes or not, it is important to remember that many peoples of ancient times were more in touch with the human spirit by ways of shamanism and had visions of an unseen spirit world in nature. Being in touch with the mind and appreciating it through artistic expression, as many civilizations did with important objects such as the sun and other celestial bodies, is what these crystal skulls may just have been intended for. They could merely be homage to the power of the human psyche and its union with the invisible forces of nature that these shamans and peoples of monotheistic religions believed.

Yet, many who have encountered crystal skulls — proven to be authentic or not — seem to have a particular feeling about their origins being non-human or intended for a psychic purpose and have even experienced some sort of energetic affect from coming into contact with the skull. Unfortunately, this can only tell us so much. Until the day modern scientists can credit the field of psychic research and revelation as empirical evidence, these crystal skulls will remain a mystery or fraud by the average person. For now, it is important to use the evidence that we do have. The craftsmanship and lifestyles of these cultures will always reflect through their artistic expression and is telling of the kind of experiences these people had.


John DeSalvo, Ph.D., will present “Crystal Skulls – Authentic or Fake? Scientific and Paranormal Investigations” from 10:30 a.m. – Noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Minneapolis Edge Life Expo at Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets are available at Edgelife.net, or by calling 1.877.776.5244.

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Kyle Ford is an anthropology student at the University of Minnesota and research assistant for Dr. DeSalvo. Dr. John DeSalvo is known for his in-depth scientific work on the Shroud of Turin and the Great Pyramid of Giza. He is director of the Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association (GizaPyramid.com) and Executive Vice-President of ASSIST (Association of Scientists and Scholars International for the Shroud of Turin), the largest and oldest research association in the world currently studying the Shroud of Turin. Last year he was featured in the History Channel special “Doomsday Hieroglyphics,” which was part of the Nostradamus Effect series. He will be featured this year in the H2 series of Ancient Aliens. Dr. DeSalvo is the author of Decoding the Pyramids, Dead Sea Scrolls, The Seeress of Prevorst, The Lost Art of Enochian Magic, Decoding the Enochian Secrets and Power Crystals.

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