General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 22 May 2018/6 Flint
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Cihuateotl figure from Central Veracruz

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Dr. Anastasia Kalyuta

If someone tried to commit suicide, would they have been punished? asked Bannockburn Primary School. Read what Dr. Anastasia Kalyuta had to say.

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Josef Albers in Mexico
- a new exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, examines the influence of pre-Columbian monuments on his abstract art.
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Welcome to the Aztecs* at Mexicolore...

Mexicolore is a small, independent, specialist, artefact-based teaching team providing in-school visits and teaching resources on Mexico, the Mexica (Aztecs) and the Maya. Since 1980 our living history teams have now made over 3,000 visits to schools, museums, arts centres and hospitals throughout England.

”Mexicolore has probably reached more people on the planet than all of the courses on Mexico taught at universities added together. It has been a wonderful success that has brought the magic of Mesoamerica to untold numbers of people...” (Dr. Alan R. Sandstrom, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Indiana University Fort Wayne, USA)

“Mexicolore is the only organisation in the United Kingdom that for the last 30 years has been devoted to promoting Mexico’s Aztec heritage, presenting it in a unique and extraordinary way.” (Minister Ignacio Durán, ex-Cultural Attaché, Mexican Embassy, UK)

“Los felicito por la excelente labor educativa que hacen en escuelas, museos y el internet. ¡Su página es, simplemente, la mejor que yo conozca!” (Dr. Leonardo López Luján, Director, Proyecto Templo Mayor, Mexico City)

In support of our interactive school workshops on Mexico, the Aztecs* and the Maya, in which over 200,000 children have already participated, this constantly updated, 100% educational website, based in London and established in 2001, offers a wealth of carefully researched information and resources on (ancient) Mexico, all designed to inspire, inform, intrigue and encourage serious students of the Aztecs, the Maya (and ancient Mesoamerica in general) of ALL ages. Note: we receive no funding of any kind and we carry no adverts. We’re fiercely proud of our independence!

*While the name ’Aztec’ is widely used in education and professional literature, historically the Aztecs called themselves the ’Mexica’ in their Nahuatl language. Today their modern descendants still continue this usage - the word ‘Aztec’ being considered a historic or foreign term. In Anthropology, the ‘Aztecs’ of today are generally referred to as the ’Nahua’.

Aztec advances (3): diet: blue-green algaeAdvanced Aztec health:

blue-green algae (spirulina)

The good farmerA good Aztec farmer studied the moon

and was a good ‘reader of the day signs’

Basic Aztec Facts: AZTEC MUSICBasic Aztec Facts:


Aztec Hell - Christian MictlanThe Spanish demonised the Aztec underworld

Mictlan - turning it into a place of torment...

The {italicchimalli} or shield: defensive weapon par excellence in the Mesoamerican worldThe chimalli: one of the most emblematic

weapons in the history of Mesoamerica

IN THE NEWS: gender pay gapIN THE NEWS: the gender pay gap -

see just how wide it was in 1550s New Spain...!

Ritual fire on a mountain summit: ancient signals...Lighting a ritual fire atop a sacred mountain

gave out ancient signals in four directions

Some thoughts on the design of the Tizoc StoneA draughtsman gets to grips with

the design of the Aztec Stone of Tizoc

An Introduction to pre-Hispanic Mixtec CodicesMixtec codices: the only set of pre-Hispanic documents

(other than Maya books) to survive the Spanish invasion

Obsidian monkey jar from TexcocoThe story behind the famous monkey

shaped obsidian jar from Texcoco...

How did lower caste people address the emperor?How did commoners address the emperor?

How did they address other commoners?

Other examples of Aztec templesCan you give some other examples of Aztec

temples besides the Temple Mayor?

Is this tattoo an Aztec eagle design?Is this tattoo design

an Aztec eagle?

Did the Aztecs try to convert conquered peoples?Did the Aztecs try to convert

the peoples they conquered?