General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 22 Sep 2017/11 Vulture
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Professor Michael Coe

Question for November 2014

If you’re so into Aztec stuff, would you like to have lived in Aztec times? Asked by Little Ealing Primary School. Chosen and answered by Professor Michael Coe.

Artist’s impression of the city of Tenochtitlan
Artist’s impression of the city of Tenochtitlan (Click on image to enlarge)

Maybe I would - the Aztecs got a bad press from the Spaniards, and they weren’t bloodthirsty savages. They had beautiful poetry, music, and dance, and a very good way of life.

Our In-House Team add: This is a great general question that we may put to all our experts at some point...

Picture Illustration by Alberto Beltrán, scanned from our copy of The Sun Kingdom of the Aztecs by Victor W. von Hagen, 1960.

Professor Michael Coe has answered 5 questions altogether:

(Talking of jigsaw puzzle pieces) why do there seem to be two 5-number domino pieces at the bottom of the Movement sign in the middle of the Sunstone?

Were there any laws governing when you could get married and have children?

Did the Aztecs have ‘cenotes’ [sacred wells or sinkholes] or caves?

If you’re so into Aztec stuff, would you like to have lived in Aztec times?

Who invented the 20-day calendar?

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