I have always been fascinated with crystal skulls, as much for their beauty as for their inherent mystery.

Perhaps the most famous skull is the Mitchell-Hedges skull. You may have heard of it before, especially if you have seen Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World, or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Fred (F.A.) Mitchell-Hedges was a popular English adventurer and explorer during the late 19th and early 20th Century. He was known for travelling far and wide, with his travels and expeditions often funded by The Daily Mail and the British Museum. In 1906 he married Lillian Agnes Clarke, and together they adopted Anna Mitchell-Hedges.

Whilst on an expedition to British Honduras in the 20’s, he reportedly discovered the infamous Mitchell-Hedges skull – which he dubbed ‘The Skull of Doom’ – in the Mayan ruins of Lubaantun. However he did not publicise the skull until the 40’s, which led some to believe that the skull was in fact a forgery.

His adoptive daughter Anna later claimed that it was in fact she who found it at the ruins of Lubaantun, in 1924, and that she was told by the locals that it was used to ‘will death’.

Mitchell-Hedges said of the skull:

“It is at least 3,600 years old and according to legend it was used by the High Priest of the Maya when he was performing esoteric rites. It is said that when he willed death with the help of the skull, death invariably followed…”

Since it’s exposure to the media, and the tours that Anna Mitchell-Hedges made with the skull worldwide through the 70’s and 80’s, the skull has been said to possess magical qualities. It was reported that it was always at a permanent 70F and that it was at least 12,000 years old.

Anna Mitchell-Hedges herself claimed that the skull could cure cancer, produce visions, and that she had seen in it a premonition of the assassination of JFK. She also claimed to have used it to kill a man once.

However, recently the skull was tested by the Smithsonian and it was determined that the skull could not have been manufactured by Astec and Mayan tools, and had to have been carved by modern tools. They estimated the skull to date back to the mid 19th Century. It was also previously determined that the skull was carved from a single piece of rock crystal.

Despite the scientific evaluation of the Mitchell-Hedges skull as a forgery, many people still hold to the belief that the skull has mystical qualities and many refuse to believe that the skull is something manufactured by modern man.

Who knows why the Mitchell-Hedges skull, and other crystal skulls like it were created. They could be ‘gifts from the Gods’ as some have hypothesized. They could also be receptacles of information, like an ancient form of computer; each skull containing vast swathes of ancient knowledge.

I believe that they were simply carved for the sake of it, call it an artistic drive to create something in mans image. Like a painting in a cave, and the carvings on Egyptian monuments, I believe that the crystal skulls are merely an expression of mans expressive temperament. Even if they are a bit mysterious.

Further reading:

Learn extensively about the crystal skull held at the British Museum:

Excellent article detailing the many different crystal skulls discovered around the globe:


“Doppelgänger” has come to refer to a double or look-alike of a person. The word is also used to describe the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection. They are generally regarded as harbingers of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person’s friends or relatives
portends illness or danger, while seeing one’s own doppelgänger is an omen of death. In Norse mythology, a vardøger is a ghostly double who
precedes a living person and is seen performing their actions in advance.

There are examples of doppelgangers appearing throughout history. Even Abraham Lincoln was known to have encountered visions of himself.


From an excerpt of Carl Sandburg’s biography of Lincoln, at :


A queer dream or illusion had haunted Lincoln at times through the winter. On the evening of his election he had thrown himself on one of the haircloth sofas at home, just after the first telegrams of November 6 had told him he was elected President, and looking into a bureau mirror across the room he saw himself full length, but with two faces.

It bothered him; he got up; the illusion vanished; but when he lay down again there in the glass again were two faces, one paler than the other. He got up again, mixed in the election excitement, forgot about it; but it came back, and haunted him. He told his wife about it; she worried too.

A few days later he tried it once more and the illusion of the two faces again registered to his eyes. But that was the last; the ghost since then wouldn’t come back, he told his wife, who said it was a sign he would be elected to a second term, and the death pallor of one face meant he wouldn’t live through his second term.



Percy Shelley, an English poet, once encountered his own doppelganger whilst in Italy. His double was pointing silently out to sea. Not long afterward Shelley died in a sailing accident in the same sea his double had pointing toward – the Mediterranean.

Another example from history is that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who saw his own double riding toward him dressed in a grey and gold suit. Several years later, Goethe was travelling the same road, but in the opposite direction. It was then that he realised that he was wearing a grey and gold suit, and had no doubt come face to face with his future self all those years before.

Could doppelgangers in fact be visions of our future selves? Could they be echoes bouncing back to us – ripples made in the water of time that have somehow come back our way, allowing us glimpses of ourselves – or our futures – however random they may be.

Sometimes doppelgangers are seen only by the person they appear to be a copy of. Sometimes, they can be seen and, in fact, interacted with by others. Doppelgangers are often referred to as sinister, since they often portend bad luck or even death. But if they are echoes from the future, then perhaps itis mere coincidence that they seem to appear in relation to bad times.

If doppelgangers were actual real people, surely they would be a more ‘obvious’ phenomenon. Either they are truly figments of our imaginations, or as I believe, they are visions of the future.

Perhaps both futures that will happen, and futures that could.


What do you think? Are these mysterious body doubles real? Or could they be a further part of the human psyche that as yet remains a mystery to us?

Of course, as with Fringe they could very well be visitations of our duplicate selves from mirror universes…

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