Smithsonian’s Crystal Skull Is Now on View at Natural History

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James Di Loreto, NMNH

The crystal skull sought by Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in this year's recent sequel has sparked a flurry of interest in the Smithsonian's very own crystal skull—which is perhaps becoming one of the world's best-known fakes thanks to the dogged research efforts of anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh of the Natural History Museum. Check out the magazine's July story on Walsh's work. Today, the skull makes it public debut, going on view at Natural History in the ground floor corridor next to the Atruim Cafe. And don't miss the debut of the Smithsonian Channel's "Legend of the Crystal Skulls". tonight at 9:00 p.m. (Photograph courtesy of James Di Loreto, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)