With Indiana Jones in search of the Cristal Skull in ... Paris

Ancient tribe of Maya passed on a legend that tells of the 13 crystal skulls able to save the world from a terrible catastrophe. On this basis George Lukas wrote the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Cristal Skull.

Once in 1927 a British archeologist Mitchell-Hedges was able to confirm the Mayan legend through his own discovery: when the man was clearing debris from atop a ruined temple at the ancient Mayan city of Lubaantum his daughter found one such skull made out of pure quartz.

Later a few more of these mysterious artifacts came into possession of people in different parts of the world. Places where the human sized ancient crystal skulls have been found are generally various ruins and many are guarded by descendants of indigenous people throughout the world.
The skulls have mystical qualities: they can bring their owners into the state of hypnosis, cause people to hallucinate or have dreams about ancient Indians. Some say they can even make wishes come true.

Although museums acquired skulls earlier, it was Eugène Boban, an antiquities dealer who opened his shop in Paris in 1870, who is most associated with 19th-century museum collections of crystal skulls. Most of Boban's collection, including three crystal skulls, was sold to the ethnographer Alphonse Pinart, who donated the collection to the Trocadéro Museum, which later became the Musée de l'Homme.

The largest of Eugène Boban's three skulls (sometimes called the Paris Skull), about 10cm (3.9in) high, has a hole drilled vertically through its center. It is part of a collection held at the Musée du Quai Branly, and was subjected to scientific tests carried out in 2007–08 by France's national Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France. After a series of analyses carried out over three months, they concluded that it was "certainly not pre-Columbian, it shows traces of polishing and abrasion by modern tools. The Quai Branly released a statement that the tests "seem to indicate that it was made late in the 19th century in the Alps.

Albeit all these discussions, at Quai Branly maybe you can admire the Cristal Skull if ... your search has been succesful.

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