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Lecture on the Aztec Sunstone

Ian from the Mexicolore team gave a 1-hour illustrated introduction to the Aztec Calendar Stone (Sunstone) monolith in London on Tuesday November 21st. 2006 at Canning House.

Ian is offering his lecture to any potentially interested audience
Ian is offering his lecture to any potentially interested audience (Click on image to enlarge)

The lecture was hosted by the British Mexican Society, and followed the Society’s 2006 AGM.

The Aztec Sunstone cries out for interpretation...
The Aztec Sunstone cries out for interpretation... (Click on image to enlarge)

The lecture began with simple historical facts - where and when the great Sunstone was found, in what position, and so on. But Ian emphasized from the start that precious little is actually known of the Sunstone’s original construction and purpose, what colours originally graced its surface, even in what position the Aztecs first placed it...

No-one can be certain even in what position the original Sunstone ‘lay’, ‘hung’ or ‘stood’...
No-one can be certain even in what position the original Sunstone ‘lay’, ‘hung’ or ‘stood’... (Click on image to enlarge)

Ian discussed questions such as: was the Sunstone just a calendar? A commemorative monument? A cosmic clock? An ‘anniversary wheel’? Can it be ‘read’ like literature? The answer is, it’s all these things, and more.

4,5,13,20 and 52 were all pivotal numbers and ciphers in ancient Mesoamerican calendars
4,5,13,20 and 52 were all pivotal numbers and ciphers in ancient Mesoamerican calendars (Click on image to enlarge)

For us today a ‘calendar’ is not much more than a simple time chart - and not a particularly elegant one at that. The ancient Mexicans, however, were absolute masters at observing, recording and conceiving cycles of time, and their (several) calendar rounds correlated precisely between significant planetary intervals.

‘Time for the Aztecs was full of energy and motion’ (Richard Townsend)
‘Time for the Aztecs was full of energy and motion’ (Richard Townsend) (Click on image to enlarge)

Whilst disagreement still shrouds the identity of the central deity on the Sunstone, the reference to the 4 previous World Eras that surround him - and to the fate of the 5th. and current Era that we live in - are clear and intriguing...

Some claim that the Sunstone contains, amongst complex calendar cycles based on the sun, moon and Venus, a pre-Columbian reference to the end of an ‘era’ in December 2012 – just 6 years away...

Ian’s lecture is available to adult audiences of all kinds. Contact Mexicolore directly for details.

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