Well as this name or term implies we are speaking about a skull shaped object that is made from various types of quartz crystals (clear, amethyst, smoky, rose, etc ...).

There are three different types of crystal skulls that are spoken about in the world today as follows1:

"ANCIENT" -- a crystal skull that was fashioned at least 1500-2000 years ago or created much much earlier. It has been suggested that some of these crystal skulls could literally be (hundred of) thousands of years old based upon the studies conducted by various researchers or as has been suggested through the legends or oral traditions of different indigenous peoples. Presently there are only a small number of such crystal skulls known publicly. As to the exact number of how many ancient skulls could exist, this answer is unknown. At the present time, we do not have an exact scientific procedure to be able to date when a piece of quartz was shaped into a skull. However there are a number of different ideas and theories based upon paranormal research or legends that offer possibilities of how to identify a crystal skull as being "ancient" (or even "old"). Again, many of these types of skulls appear to have some type of link with different Mesoamerican cultures as well as possible ties with various Native American tribes or nations.

| "Synergy" **
   an ancient skull held by Sherry Whitfield
   in America that is larger then human size


There are a number of different theories that have been given as to explain how these ancient skulls may have been manufactured; some of which are quite fantastic in their scope. It has been difficult to trace the true history about these objects as far as where the skulls may have originated from or which parts of the world they have traveled through. Attempts have been made by various groups to work with trained sensitives in the presence of a crystal skull and record the impressions that they psychically receive. However this method does not always guarantee success as the historical information channeled by these psychics does not always agree and even can be conflicting at times.

"OLD" - a crystal skull that was created between 100 years ago to about 1000 years ago. A number of these types of skulls have been discovered within or near ancient ruins in Mexico or Central America. In general, the appearance of these crystal skulls are somewhat crude in form and upon a close examination of the surface of an "Old" crystal skull, there are usually observed some type of tool marks left by its carver, similar to what can be detected with the newly made crystal skulls.


| "British Museum Crystal Skull" **
   "British Museum Crystal Skull"
   put on public display (1898) that now
   resides in the British Museum.


"NEW or CONTEMPORARY" - These are crystal skulls that are being manufactured by modern carvers. There are thousands upon thousands of such skulls in existence today. Since the middle part of the 1990's, there has been an explosion in the interest about the crystal skulls. There are quite a few people now, in all parts of our world, who have acquired their own personal skull to work with and use. The contemporary crystal skulls come in all shapes and sizes and are being primarily done by carvers in Brazil and China. These skulls can even be found for sale upon E-Bay.

| "Portal de Luz" **
   An example of a modern-made crystal skull
   by a Brazilian carver
   Part of the collection of Joshua & Desy Shapiro.

** Photo copyright | Synergy © Sherry Whitfield | Portal © Joshua & Desy Shapiro |
    | BritishSkull © Photo by Norman Hacker | with permission of British Museum |

(1 -The three classifications of crystal skulls discussed were originated by the Society of Crystal Skulls International, in an attempt to distinguish the different type of skulls that exist in the world.)

Most of us are familiar with quartz crystals as this gemstone serves as a key component within all of our modern-day electronics; the devices that we use each and every day. There are many people today who work with their personal crystals in order to re-energize themselves, for healing (physical or emotional problems) or even to assist them in their development of their inner or spiritual gifts.

However, when one begins to work with a quartz crystal that is in the shape of a human-like skull - other strange phenomena begin to occur around them. We have received numerous reports from people all over the world having some very special experiences connected to the crystal skulls.