It’s 1924, and a group of British travelers are in the middle of the Belizean jungle. The humid air pastes their shirts to their backs, and the whine of insects fills their ears. After pushing their way through the rampant undergrowth, they’ve come across the ruins of an ancient city and decided to head inside. And it’s here, inside the remnants of a Mayan pyramid, that one member of the party discovers something that will make history: a glittering crystal skull.
The man who had organized this trip was an avid explorer called Frederick Mitchell-Hedges. He first left Britain – his birthplace – soon after he had turned 16, when he visited Norway. And this seemed to spark a passion for adventure, as later in life the Englishman belonged to the British Museum’s Maya Committee and traveled across the globe. However, it’s his 1924 expedition to Central America that most concerns us here.
It’s believed that the purpose of this voyage was to search for the ruins of Atlantis. You see, Mitchell-Hedges thought the fabled society had actually once existed in Central America, and he was determined to find evidence of this lost city. To this end, he and a group of explorers ventured to British Honduras. And while they were there, the adventurers did in fact stumble across the remains of an extinct culture – but it wasn’t the one that they were searching for.