Some discussion among friends....
hmmmm... anybody notice the suit was filed in Illinois, same location listed for Eyezzon and co? and Dr. Awe... same gentleman who rented out Xunantunich to the concert promoters is the one bringing suit?
I'd always thought the crystal skull was a hoax...
There is, in fact, strong evidence that skull was bought for £400 at a sale by Sotheby’s, London, in 1943, from Sidney Burney, the owner of an art gallery. Burney is recorded as its owner in an article in Man in 1936, when he was said to have owned it since at least 1933. Mitchell-Hedges mentioned it only in the first edition of his autobiography Danger My Ally, published in 1954, without giving an account of how he had acquired it, apart from hinting at mysterious circumstances. Mention of the skull was dropped from subsequent editions. Apparently, he had hoped to be buried with the object, but his adopted daughter Anna held on to it. It is now in the possession of Bill Homann.
The life of Mitchell-Hedges is shrouded in mystery. An adventurer and raconteur, much of his autobiographical work has been dismissed as invention (there are tales of wrestling with sea monsters, sharing a room with Leon Trotsky and the like) and he has been compared with Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Freiherr (Baron) von Münchhausen (1720-1797).
So far as is known, F.A. Mitchell-Hedges—a habitual liar and faker (Nickell 1988, 38; McConnell 1998)—made no reference to the skull at the time of his return from Lubaantun or in the years immediately following. In the 1930s he wrote newspaper articles and a book that discussed Lubaantun at length, but omitted the “Skull of Doom” in favor of relatively humble figurines.
this article's really interesting:
Next forensic artist Gloria Nusse had a look at the skull and came to the conclusion that it must have been made from a reference human skull as it was so accurate. She then made a cast of the replica skull and set about making a facial reconstruction to see if the had ancient American features.
The face turned out to be female and was clearly European so it can't have been created by ancient Americans 3600 years ago as it's claimed.
Dr John Morris explains that in attempt to find where Anna Mitchell-Hedges claimed to have found the skull in 1927, they re-mapped the site but they couldn't find any of the tunnels or passages she described.
You can find many, many scientific sources that clearly conclude that the crystal skull is a hoax. That's by far the accepted evidence in the archeological and scientific community.
What is bizarre to me is why Dr. Awe -- who generally has a very good reputation in Belize and elsewhere -- would, first, approve a concert at a Maya site that had the potential to do great damage to it, with little potential for anything positive for Belize, and then turn around and plan international (and doubtless very expensive) litigation on a phony if interesting bit of archeological history.
Agreed -- something strange going on here.
There has been a good bit of discussion about this over on The Belize Forums. Here is one of the best scientific articles debunking the Hedges skull, and the British Museum and Paris Museum skulls too.
I can't help but think Dr. Awe is way too good an archaeologist to not be aware of the general opinion in the discipline that large crystal skulls are fakes and it leads me to wonder about the true motivation for the lawsuit. Also, I think we have to be fair. I don't know Dr. Awe authorized the failed festival. There are bureaucratic layers above the Institute of Archaeology, at NICH and at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Civil Aviation where this idea could have been approved.
Over on the forums, Lan facetiously suggested filming a major motion picture about John McAfee's recent adventures as Belize's next PR move (credit where credit is due). I love the idea! Throw in some elements of 12/21/12 angst and I see a blockbuster. Carlos, I hope you don't mind, but I suggested you to write the screen play and I think Quentin Tarrantino should direct. Kayleon suggested Charlie Sheen to play John, a move I consider sheer casting brilliance. Who plays Sam? My favorite so far is Halle Berry. Now who are our other major characters? Gregory Faull, Dean Barrow, and Marco Vidal all come to mind, but how about Dr. Awe and the "mysterious promoter" of the show at Xunantunich too? Any other suggestions? We need a treatment and a storyboard people!
One of the organizers from Eyez sent me a personal message on Facebook saying they were going to bring the Crystal Skull back to Belize as part of this event. Coincidence?
It's a shame to see Dr. Awe getting tangled up in this nonsense with these idiots from Eyez.
The same lawyer "TRACY, ADAM S" that created EYEZZON PRODUCTIONS LTD in 07/23/2012 is the one filing the lawsuit for Dr. Awe. He also created a interesting entity with a similar name just a month ago.
here's some links:
The lawsuit filed by attorney Adam Tracy attempts to make this claim by saying that Belize has a "right, title and interest in and to the Mitchell-Hedges Skull and its likeness" and that the film companies have participated in a civil conspiracy and tortiously interfered with its prospective economic advantage.
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Eyezzon Productions, Ltd., headquartered in Chicago,
Illinois,... General Counsel / Secretary Adam Tracy ...