In 1924, Anna Le Guillon Mitchell-Hedges, daughter of British adventurer F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, allegedly discovered a crystal skull buried inside an ancient temple in Belize. It was believed to have mystical powers — like several other crystal skulls discovered across the world. Most of those findings, however, have proven to be fakes — hand-carved with modern tools and not the ancient artifacts they were initially believed to be. A similar skull at the British Museum, for example, has been investigated and is not an authentic, pre-Colombian artifact.
A fictional representation of the skull appeared in the latest Indiana Jones movie, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
is now reporting that a real-life archaeologist — who sadly seems eons away from the cool, whip-wielding Indy we've grown to love in the movies — has a major beef with the Steven Spielberg-directed film and is suing Lucasfilm and Paramount Pictures. Dr. Jaime Awe, director of the Institute of Archeology of Belize, believes that the companies owe money to the nation of Belize for using a likeness of the crystal skull. "Lucasfilm never sought, nor was given permission to utilize the Mitchell-Hedges Skull or its likeness in the film. To date, Belize has not participated in any of the profits derived from the sale of the film or the rights thereto," Awe's lawsuit states.
Since the Mitchell-Hedges skull has been determined by several professionals to be a hoax, the entire claim is wonky. We wonder if another lawsuit will arise concerning the representation of F.A. Mitchell-Hedges in the Indiana Jones franchise. The adventurer is believed to be one of the inspirations behind the iconic character.