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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)

Encounters* Countdown: our guide to the quincentennial of the Spanish invasion of Mexico...Month-by-month guide to the quincentennial

of the Spanish invasion of Mexico...

Aztec advances (4): treating arthritic painThe Mexica (Aztecs) treated arthritis

with analgesics still used today...

Damien Hirst and the Aztec SunstoneDamien Hirst found inspiration

in the Aztec Sunstone...

The Curious History of MazesThe meaning and mythology

of mazes in the Americas

Monument of Edmund HarmanIs this the earliest representation in Britain

of the original inhabitants of the Americas?

Human waste was put to good useIn Aztec times, pee and poo

were put to very good use...

‘Moctezuma’s Headdress’ - an update 2018‘Moctezuma’s Headdress’ - a 2018 update:

Report on a one-day symposium in London

How were Xochipilli and Xochiquetzal linked?What were the similarities and differences

between Xochipilli and Xochiquetzal?

What did Aztec religion share with wider Mesoamerican cultures?What did Aztec religion share with

wider Mesoamerican cultures?

What was the hairstyle of (seasoned) Aztec warriors?How did the Aztecs have their hair cut

when they captured or killed an enemy?

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

How did they address other commoners?