Latest Jane MacLaren Walsh Stories

2008-07-16 15:00:40

By Kelly Jane Torrance, The Washington Times Jul. 16--When British scientist James Smithson died in 1829, he left his fortune to the United States, a country he had never visited, for an "Establishment for the increase & diffusion of Knowledge." Smithsonian Institution museums have taught the public about quantum physics and Asian art, planetary geology and global warming, Indiana Jones and Kermit the Frog. Wait a minute. What were those last two? Last week, the National...

2008-07-09 16:50:00

With the summer blockbuster success of the latest installment of the Indian Jones saga, the public has been fascinated by the history of the mysterious crystal skulls. Starting Thursday, the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History is putting its crystal skull on display for all to see. "People like to believe in something greater than themselves and crystal skulls are mysterious and beautiful," said Smithsonian anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh. She said the skulls are a fascinating example...

2008-05-13 09:00:00

There is a legend that the ancient Maya possessed 13 crystal skulls which, when united, hold the power of saving the Earth -- a tale so strange and fantastic that it inspired the latest Indiana Jones movie. Experts dismiss the hundreds of existing crystal skulls as fakes that were probably made by colorful antiquities traders in the 19th century. But Mayan priests worship the skulls, even today, and real- life skull hunters still search for them. The true story of the skulls stretches over...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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