F.A. & Anna Mitchell-Hedges

January 1, 1924

F.A. Mitchell-Hedges

He supervises the Maya excavation site at Lubantuun, in Belize, where (as she maintained until her death) his daughter Anna, on her seventeenth birthday, finds the “Crystal Skull” among the ruins of the archaeological site.

Anna Mitchell-Hedges

A birthday to be remembered. Current Crystal Skull Caretaker Bill Homann – with whom Anna Mitchell-Hedges lived during the final 8 years of her life – asserts that Anna never varied from this account: that during the journey with her father in Belize, while at the Maya archaeological site in Lubaantun, the discovery that is to change Anna’s life takes place. On her seventeenth birthday, Anna discovers a wonderful artifact. The  “Crystal Skull” sees the light once more.

The adventurer “à la Mitchell-Hedges” can be found frequently in fiction: in addition to Allan Quatermain, we also have Indiana Jones, Crocodile Dundee, the “Mummy” trilogy, pirate Jack Sparrow and his astonishing adventures in the Caribbean, not to mention the figure of Scrooge McDuck, whose adventurous life is second to none.

What is remarkable about the adventures of Mitchell-Hedges and his daughter Anna is that they are true, documented events experienced first-hand. F.A. and Anna were living legends.

The age of exploration is over now, or rather, there are no more uncontaminated places to be discovered or treasures to unearth. But what is not finished is the possibility of putting into practice what we learn from their example.

There are many ethical teachings that are still valuable for today’s new generations. For example, respect for nature, for the different populations that live around the world and their ancient traditions… and above all, their intrepid lives remind us that anything is possible, if we really want it enough.

F.A. often stated that setting objectives for oneself is extremely important for the young: only when we know where we want to go can we reach our intended destination.

The age of exploration is over now, or rather, there are no more uncontaminated places to be discovered or treasures to unearth. But what is not finished is the possibility of putting into practice what we learn from their example.

There are many ethical teachings that are still valuable for today’s new generations. For example, respect for nature, for the different populations that live around the world and their ancient traditions… and above all, their intrepid lives remind us that anything is possible, if we really want it enough.

F.A. often stated that setting objectives for oneself is extremely important for the young: only when we know where we want to go can we reach our intended destination.

These are the closing lines from his book, ‘Danger My Ally’:

“This indeed is the basis of the only message that I can fruitfully offer to the youth of my country and the world. When you are young and strong and full of hope, sit down one day and think about the world. Decide what you would like to do above all else – and then go and do it. Follow your star to the bitter end no matter what the hazards or the perils; no matter even if the star proves to be a false guide and you die in the attempt.

You will have lived life to the full, you will have enjoyed yourself and even if you leave behind no material treasure, you will leave riches in the hearts of those who have drawn strength from your strength and who will cherish your memory until their day is done.”