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Aztecs/Mexica (Pupils)

The Cuming Challenge...

Video 2: Meet Uriel!

Video 1: Meet Faviola!

PLAY: sound bites - music Az Tec plays it!

Angry Aztecs

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC NUMBERS

Clean Aztecs, Stinky Spanish...

Were there rich and poor in Aztec times?

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC GAMES

Aztec children’s clothes

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC HOUSES

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC FAMILY LIFE

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC GODS

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC WEAPONS

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC TOOLS

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC FOODS

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC SCHOOLS

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC BURIALS

The Creation of the 5th Aztec Sun

Time Lapse Video

Ideas for making a marigold paper flower

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC PUNISHMENTS

Ancient Mexican sounds archive

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC BOOKS

Aztec and Maya daysigns

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC TOYS

Superstitious? (4)

The traditional Nahua way to welcome a visitor to the home

Why did the Aztecs only use wheels for toys and not for transport?

Did the Aztecs ever meet the Incas?

Why did the Aztec gods destroy the four previous worlds?

Why is it better to support loads on the head and not on the shoulders

Why did [Maya] houses have no windows?

Were babies stolen from mothers in Aztec markets?


Suitable for Top Juniors and above
Suitable for Top Juniors and above

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Mexican Masks

Nahual or daemon?

A Rabbit in the Moon?

Patolli, anyone?

Our first school visit

Tlaloc’s Great Journey

Popocatépetl

Heart of Jade

Creation of the Moon

Mexican Stamps

(Feathered) Snakes and Ladders

Early morning sound of making tortillas

Freedom: run for it!

A family of deities?

Mexican Bank Notes

Oldest school book on the Aztecs?

IN THE NEWS: ancient dogs

IN THE NEWS: ancient footprints

Interactive Sunstone Experience

Ballgames and logos

Search and ye shall find...

Spot the scribe’s mistake

The Aztec third ‘month’

‘Rabbiting on...’

Bloody medals

Templo Mayor animation

The Aztec first ‘month’

Netzahualcóyotl’s hidden poem

Aztec/Mexica clothing styles

‘Spaceman’

A very modern assault on the Aztecs...

The Aztec fourth ‘month’

Daysign Destinies!

Los Nahuales - animal companion spirits

SEE a teponaztli drum in action...

Aztec Objects in Museums Collections Survey

Chocolate whisk

Choco-Story, Bruges

Stone jaguar’s head in the heart of Mexico City

The Aztec second ‘month’

‘How Music Came To The World’

Mexicolore’s 2015 schools competition and campaign

Mexica Manga!

Ancient Mexican musical singing stones

The highest rank in the Aztec army

Teaching the Maya resource - a Maya farmer’s house

Downloadable photos on the ancient Maya

The Maya story of the creation of humankind from corn

Scrapbook page of Mexicolore team visits to schools on the Maya

Reconstructing Moctezuma’s headdress for the BBC series Heroes a

Aztec farmer harvesting fruit?

Aztec and Maya thrones

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC TRANSPORT

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC TEMPLES

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC JEWELLERY

Ask the Experts: Maya and Aztec feather headdresses

Daysign Poll

Prototype unicycle?

RESOURCE: The story of the finding of corn

2016 - Mexican Embassy drawing competition for kids

Ideas for developing rhythm activities based on the names of Aztec god

Aztec birth symbols

Aztec featherwork shield

Pitt Rivers Museum

Traditional bark painting in Mexico

Daily curfew in the Aztec capital city Tenochtitlan

Aztec women knelt, men squatted

The noisy sound of a Mexica scribe turning pages

Our Maya Museum by Newby and Scalby Primary School

Aztec Sunstone map

Were there women warriors?

Why did the Aztecs worship maize?

Was Snake Woman an Aztec empress?

Which was the Aztecs’ most fearsome weapon?

Why did many Aztec musical instruments have animal designs on them?

Why was the Sun God called Tonatiuh?

Did they send post (mail)?

Did they have the same seasons as we do?

Were there rich and poor in Aztec times?

Did the Aztecs have hospitals?

How many people watched the [ball]game?

Which was the biggest group [job sector] in Aztec society?

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

What was the Aztecs’ most prized possession? (2)

Why did Aztec shields have patterns on them?

Being held over burning chiles: differences between boys and girls?

Did the Aztecs work at night?

Which museum has the most Aztec objects in it?

How were the stars created?

How did scribes get rid of mistakes when they wrote their books?

Did the Aztecs breed exotic birds like the quetzal for their feathers?

Would a son inherit the family house from his father when he grew up?

What did ordinary Aztec people turn into in the afterlife?

Did the Aztecs have a particularly BAD ruler, like we had Henry VIII?

Which was the second biggest town/city in Aztec times?

How did a warrior put on the skin of an eagle?

Were Aztec marriages arranged?

Did the Aztecs do any sacrifices taking out the liver?

How did they know the Fifth Sun would be destroyed by an earthquake?

When did the Aztecs stop using cacao beans for money?

Why is the original gold pendant in England?

Did the Aztecs began as a small, peaceful, wandering tribe?

What was the highest position a woman could reach?

Did the Aztecs bury things for future generations like us to find?

Why did the Aztecs sacrifice the men and not the women?

How did the Aztecs decide what to make musical instruments out of?

Would you like to have lived in Aztec times?

Have any ancient rubber balls been found?

If the Aztecs died of old age how long did they expect to live for?

Which was the most sacred animal for the Aztecs?

How long were Aztec children held over smoking chillies for?

What toys did Aztec children play with?

Most interesting fact you’ve come across about the Aztecs (3)

Did they carry on playing the ballgame in pouring rain?

Who invented the 20-day calendar?

Is the chewing gum tree only found in Mexico?

Did the Aztecs allow divorce?

The Aztec Army

What happened straight after Moctezuma’s death?

Child-friendly sources on the Conquest

Traditional Náhuatl greetings

Aztec symbol for protector

How big was the Aztec Calendar (Stone)?

Food stores

What’s the ruler’s dress called?

What was the symbol for gold?

The ‘crying boy’ whistling jug

The monkey’s earring

Mexica maps

Where are the codices today?

What did Aztec children wear?

How do we know Tenochtitlan had a zoo?

What was the Aztec symbol for turquoise?

Did the Aztecs paint their canoes?

Is there a name for the Aztec speech glyph?

What happened to the rest of the sacrificed person’s body?

How far north and south did the Mesoamerican civilizations trade?

Were women responsible for watching the night sky?

Did the Aztecs use a ‘Mixtec Sabre’?

How did the Aztecs colour their clothing?

What distinguished Aztec priests’ clothing from that of royals?

Did the Mexica have war chants?

Can you identify this object from the Florentine Codex?

What might Cuauhtemoc have looked like after he became emperor?

Could you get divorced in Aztec society?

What did royal Aztec women wear?

What did the Aztecs call the Spanish invaders?

What does this Nahuatl saying mean?

What did the Aztecs call religion, belief and worship

What does Temaxcalapa mean?


Suitable for older students
Suitable for older students

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Frida Kahlo

The British Library have selected our site

Ulama The Pre-Columbian Ballgame Survives Today

Quotes on the Aztecs

Oh balls!

Tezcatlipoca Symposium

Masters of mosaic

Henry Moore

Colossal serpent

IN THE NEWS: ‘Tooth place’

3rd Nahuatl London Study Day and Workshop

IN THE NEWS: pole climbing

Day of the Dead (2)

IN THE NEWS: earliest writing

Turquoise Mosaics book launched

IN THE NEWS: ‘The Last Aztec’

Crystal skulls

IN THE NEWS: how the cactus stone was unearthed

Aztec parents, part 1

‘The Heart’ exhibition

Simposio sobre Tezcatlipoca

Motecuhzuma Xocoyotzin (1)

Reconstructing Aztec Super Glues

Mum and Dad

Mexico’s long-distance running tradition

‘Magic’ numbers

How ‘Eagle Man’ has changed Britain’s museums

“There is no such thing as ‘Human Sacrifice’”

The Aztecs have been called many things...

Deal? Done!

The heart of each meal

Aztec pleasure gardens

Clay stamps

Found! The pulque gods’ ‘golden section’...

A tale of two ‘tlacuilos’

How Aztec poetry works

The Virgin of Guadalupe and Tonantzin

The Astonishing Axayacatl

The Bonampak Murals

The Sea - ‘water which reaches the heavens’

The Aztec art of mourning

Aztec Life Cycle Animation

The Aztec legal system

String Instruments in the Americas/Mexico

Pine torch

Moctezuma Montezuma Motecuhzoma

Ideas for DRAMA...

The Jaguar in Mexico

Aztec ‘Birthing Figure’

Giving birth was one big battle

God of the month: Quetzalcoatl

Aztec Furniture

Aztec parents, part 2

Aztec books - an introduction

Privateers, Pirates and Aztec Gold

Maya and Aztec creation myths

Amaizing!

First London Náhuatl Study Day and Workshops

Chocolate in the Restoration

The Aztecs vs the Maya

Sir Hans Sloane and Chocolate

Modern Myths of the Ancient Maya

Bringing the Maya ritual ballgame to life

Maya bas-relief showing a ball player

Teaching the Maya resource - design motifs

Teaching resources on the ancient Maya

Rare Aztec xicolli waistcoat

Maya connections with Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Just how advanced were the Maya?

The Maya: a 4,000 year-old civilization in the Americas

The art of Aztec running

The music of the laws of Nezahualcoyotl

Ancient Maya stilt dancing

The Aztec-Spanish Encounter in Empire-Building Video Games

History and uses of cacao

What did the ancient Maya wear?

Nobles versus commoners

Aztec ‘rain-gold’

2nd London Nahuatl workshop on Aztec writing

The sunflower - one of Mexico’s gifts to the world

More quotes on the Aztecs

Feathers from which birds went to make Aztec & Maya headdresses?

A resource for teaching cochineal dyeing

Dancing with snakes: and the Aztecs ate them

The early history of chocolate

Genuine or fake?

Reconstructing a Mesoamerican codex

How bloody were the Maya?

The great market at Tlatelolco

The burning of Maya books

Ideas for Aztec recipes

The Aztecs spoke of the twenty day signs as a precious necklace

Shakespearean sonnet versus Mexica song

Mexicolore’s early years in development education in schools

Nahuatl surnames from Cholula

Talking a Good Fight: Communication and Conquest, part 1

Talking a Good Fight: Communication and Conquest, part 2

Aztec papermaking

Codex Corner: colours used in Aztec books

Codex Corner: mistaken identity of the Codex Laud

New teaching resources on the Conquest of Mexico

Fran Ilich: Aridoamérica Winter Plan

Recently rediscovered headdress of Cuauhtemoc

Penacho de Cuauhtemoc

Were there medical teams on hand [in ballgames] in case of injuries?

Did the Aztecs force you to be who you were - 2?

Why always THREE hearth stones?

Do you know the names of all the Aztec gods?

When you find something buried, how do you know it’s Aztec?

If you died from hunger or disease, which underworld would you go to?

Which was the greatest [Aztec] goddess?

Did the Maya and Aztecs take feathers for headdresses from other birds

Could Aztec children go to the market on their own?

After the ballgame did they do human sacrifices straight away?

Did the Aztec gods ever make a sign or an appearance?

Why did Maya houses have no windows? (2)

Why did the Aztecs dance when they fought?

What did the Spanish do after the native population collapsed?

Did Aztec men wear earrings?

Nahua Women and the Spanish Conquest

What does (my) name Cuitlahuac mean?

Were the Aztecs as barbaric as described by the Spanish?

Who was Prime Minister at the Conquest?

Tezcatlipoca or Tezcatilpoca?

We’re trying to find pictures of what the Aztecs ate

Aztec pyramids

An image of Citlalicue?

Why wear headdresses?

Can you tell us anything about the Aztec God of Good Health?

How did the Aztecs make molcajetes?

How should I start teaching a topic on the Aztecs?

What were Aztec shields made of?

Who are these 2 gods?

What was Cuauhtémoc’s emblem?

What did the Aztecs wear?

Mysterious rectangular motif

The wind god’s fan

Double-headed serpent

An image of Tonantzin?

‘A typical battle’

The Aztec symbol for war

Did war shield symbols represent cities?

Were war banners sacred or utilitarian?

Volcano myths

Many partners or one?

The origin of ‘pulque’

Can you translate this poem?

How much gold did the Spanish take from the Aztecs?

Did the Aztecs use ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’?

Where were deerskin strap masks worn?

Can you suggest good books on Aztec music?

The 13 heavens and 9 underworlds

The tongue hanging out in Aztec art

Did the Spanish completely obliterate Aztec song and dance?

Who exactly were the Chichimec people?

Please identify this Mexica turquoise mosaic disc

What was the symbolism of the four directions?

Daily life of Aztec royal court musicians

Which was the feast date celebrated for Chalchiuhtlicue

What’s going on in this image from the Florentine Codex?

How did dogs act as guides for the souls of the dead to Mictlan

Did Leopoldo Batres really dig up the urn with the ashes of Ahuitzotl?

Was Xochiquetzal a female Aztec warrior?

The Aztec view of human abnormalities

How did the Aztec army keep itself supplied and how did they treat wou

Is Tlaltecuhtli on this ring?

What items symbolized the Xilonen festival?

Did all Aztec gods have male and female aspects?

What type of surgery did the Aztecs practice?

What led Alvarado to massacre the Aztecs?

What aspects of Aztec culture influenced their housing?

Can you identify this poster image?

How did the Aztecs use stars?

Did the Aztecs use metal spears?

How did the Aztecs get their stones for building structures


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More suitable for mature students

We think that this kind of article would only be suitable for mature students as it might be quite long and/or academic in tone. Some examples:

‘What was the Aztecs’ most prized possession?’

The Skywatchers of Cahokia

Hare vs Rabbit in mythology

Tezcatlipoca - a new clue is revealed...

Day of the Dead (1)

IN THE NEWS: latest excavations...

Syncretism: Aztec Christians

Cannibalism and corpse medicine (1)

Cannibalism and corpse medicine (2)

Aztec Herbal Pharmacopoeia, Part 1

Aztecs and the power of lament

Aztec Concepts of the Human Body (1)

Aztec Poetry (1): Intro

Aztec Poetry (2): Three Poems

Clean Aztecs, Dirty Spaniards

Aztec Concepts of the Human Body (2)

Mexican herbal medicines

Aztec Manners

The Aztecs and the atlatl

Sacred Sinkholes

Frida Kahlo’s The Wounded Table

Portrait of a Collection: National Museum of Mexico, 1865

How did Mesoamericans envision the cosmos?

Mexico’s Faked Prehistory

The skilled use of conch shell in mosaics

Did Aztec rulers possess divine powers?

Vienna’s Mesoamerican Featherworks

Aztec Women

Mexica Weaponry

The Deep Roots of Aztec Sculpture

A modern Nahua pilgrimage

Water in the Valley of Mexico

IN THE NEWS: (ritual) decapitation

The Ancient Secret of Pre-Hispanic Jewellery

The Aztecs and Lake Navigation

The mother of all ballgames...

Nahua Moral Philosophy

Aztec Masks

Especial Birds in the Americas

Games and Other Amusements of the Ancient Mesoamericans

Dr. H.B. Nicholson - ‘Grandfather’ of Aztecs Studies

Lightning in Mesoamerica: Manifestations and Transformations

Mesoamerican Copper: An Industry of Connections

Conquest and the ‘Stranger Effect’

Rites in the Underworld: Caves as Sacred Space in Mesoamerica

Introducing pre-Hispanic sounds from Mexico into modern music composit

Uso de sonoridades prehispánicas en la música de hoy

What lies underneath Aztec sculpture?

Central Mexican Writing Systems

Cacao in Ancient Maya Religion

The Life of Alfred Maudslay

Time, ritual and sacred landscape in Aztec Mexico

Do you know the names of all the Aztec gods?

What might have happened if the Aztecs had defeated the Conquistadors?

The Food of the Gods: Cacao use among the Prehispanic Maya

The Aztec (Central Mexican) Calendar

Ancient Classic Maya music

Death whistle - a cremated example is rediscovered

Codex Cospi and its story

The chacmool and the ballgame (2)

The chacmool and the ballgame (1)

Gambling and patolli, the Aztecs’ favourite game

Colour and Culture Among the Aztecs (1)

Colour and Culture Among the Aztecs (2)

Cacao Money

Witchcraft and Sorcery in Ancient Mexico

IN THE NEWS: femicide in Mexico

Chanting in Mesoamerica

IN THE NEWS: femicide in Mexico Part 2

Prehispanic Nahua Naming Patterns

Conference on Mesoamerican Manuscripts 2016

The Aztecs are back: deliberate syncretism in Mexican Catholicism toda

Cantar en la Mesoamérica

Hi-tech imaging of two Aztec codices in Paris

First Steps in Nahuatl

The Voladores or Pole Flying ceremony

How long did it take the Aztecs to realise that Cortes was not a god?

What about Tlatelolco?

The Myth of Ce Acatl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl

Sacred birds, flowers and Day Lords

The name Moctezuma today

The eagle and the snake...

What exactly was a ‘calpulli’?

What happened to the Aztec nobility after the Conquest?

What evidence is there of Aztec human sacrifice?


Seriously academic article
Seriously academic article

A “5-boffin” article is likely to be of interest to only a limited number of people or may be so complex that we struggle to understand it ourselves! Some examples:

Aztec Philosophy

Birth and death as metaphors in pre-Columbian cultures. part 1

Birth and death as metaphors in pre-Columbian cultures. part 2

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