A crystal skull is a crystalline object shaped like a cranium, some of which have supernatural properties. There were several skulls scattered worldwide, but all held connections tracing to the pre-Columbian Americas.
Thirteen elongated skulls resided in the ancient kingdom of Akator with unearthly origins embodying the gods of a lost Mayan culture, one of which was looted from Akator by Francisco de Orellana around 1546. Another was recovered in 1947 from the wreckage of an unknown object that had crashed in Roswell, New Mexico.
The Mitchell-Hedges Skull, which eventually took its name from the man who discovered it in Lubaantún, British Honduras in the mid-1920s, was human shaped. The Crystal Skull of Cozan was recovered by Indiana Jones from the country in 1933, an act which saw him branded a grave robber by their authorities.
- The British Museum's Crystal Skull
- Crystal Skull of Akator
- Crystal Skull of Cozan
- Mitchell-Hedges Skull / Skull of Doom
- The Temple of the Crystal Skull's spirit
- Toltec Crystal Skull
Behind the scenes
Crystal skulls are real (though none have been authenticated as pre-Columbian in origin, and were most likely fabricated in the mid-19th century or later in Europe). While their real-world paranormal properties are questionable, variations of the theme have been a part of the Indiana Jones canon since 1995 when referenced in Jones' lecture notes in Indiana Jones and the Golden Vampires.
The Crystal Skull of Akator made a cameo in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Wookiee Hunt."
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "Honduras, December 1920" (Cancelled)
- Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates (First mentioned)
- Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs
- Indiana Jones and the Hollow Earth
- Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx
- Indiana Jones Adventure World
- Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures
- Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
- Skull Duggery! (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- Indiana Jones and the Golden Vampires
- The Crystal Skulls
- The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones
- Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide
- Indiana Jones: The Official Magazine 3
Notes and references
- British Museum (n.d.-b), Jenkins (2004, p.217), Sax et al. (2008), Smith (2005), Walsh (1997; 2008)