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Pottery figure of a Nayarit drummer from West Mexico in the British Museum

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Dr. Manuel A. Hermann Lejarazu

How many pages did an (Aztec) book have? asked Hobletts Manor Junior School. Read what Dr. Manuel A. Hermann Lejarazu had to say.

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Earthquake reveals temple beneath Teopanzolco Pyramid
While checking for damage, scientists discovered a smaller, older temple inside probably dating to 1150 to 1200: it rewrites the history of the area...
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Preserved 700 BCE graves uncovered near Mexico City
INAH has uncovered 26 graves at a site near Copilco, with 130 figurines mostly depicting pregnant women and children
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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’. (A. Sandstrom)

Mixtec ideographic designsThe Mixtecs were masters in metallurgy, lapidary work,

fine carving, and in the making of pictorial manuscripts

Weeping in Nahuatl PoetryIn Aztec poetry a close relationship existed between

weeping and singing, both generating noise...

The Concept of the Wheel in Ancient MesoamericaAncient Mesoamericans did not use wheels for

transport ‘simply because they did not want to...’

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

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?