The Crystal Maiden
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Crystal Maiden
Age 18-20
Sex f
Status sacrifice
Culture Maya
Date(s) between 700 and 900
Site Actun Tunichil Muknal
Current Location
Location Actun Tunichil Muknal
Catalog #
The Crystal Maiden was discovered in 1989 on a cave floor in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve an hour’s drive from San Ignacio, Belize. The cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal, translates as “Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre."


The body has lain for at least the last 1,100 years, and the bones have been completely calcified, giving them a sparkling, slightly plump look and inspiring the name “The Crystal Maiden.”


Two of her vertebra are crushed.

There is now some doubt as the the gender of the 'Maiden' it was recently put forward that the body was that of a teen-aged boy rather than a girl.


The cave holds skeletons of ritual sacrifices made by the Maya to their gods, the skeletons range in age from one year old to adult. Almost all were killed by blunt trauma to the head.

National Geographic listed Actun Tunichil Muknal at the top of their list of Top 10 sacred caves.

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