It’s 1924, and a group of British explorers are deep in the Belizean jungle. The humid air pastes the travelers’ shirts to their backs, and the whine of insects fills their ears. What’s more, after pushing their way through the rampant undergrowth, the team have 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 incredible trip was an avid explorer called Frederick Mitchell-Hedges. This writer and traveler 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 Mitchell-Hedges’ 1924 expedition to Central America that most concerns us here.