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The Cuming Challenge...
Video 2: Meet Uriel!
Video 1: Meet Faviola!
PLAY: sound bites - music Az Tec plays it!
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
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?
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Nahual or daemon?
A Rabbit in the Moon?
Our first school visit
Tlaloc’s Great Journey
Heart of Jade
Creation of the Moon
(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’
Templo Mayor animation
The Aztec first ‘month’
Netzahualcóyotl’s hidden poem
Aztec/Mexica clothing styles
A very modern assault on the Aztecs...
The Aztec fourth ‘month’
Los Nahuales - animal companion spirits
SEE a teponaztli drum in action...
Aztec Objects in Museums Collections Survey
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
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
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
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?
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)?
What’s the ruler’s dress called?
What was the symbol for gold?
The ‘crying boy’ whistling jug
The monkey’s earring
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?
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The British Library have selected our site
Ulama The Pre-Columbian Ballgame Survives Today
Quotes on the Aztecs
Masters of mosaic
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’
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
How ‘Eagle Man’ has changed Britain’s museums
“There is no such thing as ‘Human Sacrifice’”
The Aztecs have been called many things...
The heart of each meal
Aztec pleasure gardens
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
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 parents, part 2
Aztec books - an introduction
Privateers, Pirates and Aztec Gold
Maya and Aztec creation myths
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
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
Codex Corner: colours used in Aztec books
Codex Corner: mistaken identity of the Codex Laud
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
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
An image of Tonantzin?
‘A typical battle’
The Aztec symbol for war
Did war shield symbols represent cities?
Were war banners sacred or utilitarian?
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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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
The Aztecs and the atlatl
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
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
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)
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?
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Birth and death as metaphors in pre-Columbian cultures. part 1
Birth and death as metaphors in pre-Columbian cultures. part 2