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Professor Davíd Carrasco

If you could go back in time to the days of the Aztecs for one day, and could only ask them one question, what would it be? asked The Raleigh School. Read what Professor Davíd Carrasco had to say.

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Mexicolore Aztec workshop display in a primary school

Welcome to the Aztecs* at Mexicolore...

We are a small, independent, specialist, artefact-based teaching team providing in-school interactive history workshops on the Mexica (Aztecs) and the Maya. Since 1980 our teams have made over 3,500 visits to schools, museums, and arts centres 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.” (Dr. 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 some 220,000 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)

Maya blue - Mexica greenMexica green came from Maya blue

(with a spot of yellow)...

Marriage Alliances in Ancient MesoamericaMarriage alliances were key to the exercise

of political power in Mesoamerica...

Sacred geometry was at the FOURfront of Aztec life and worldSacred geometry - at the FOURfront

of the Aztec landscape and world...

‘Circle of Friends’ terracotta figureHow authentic is the popular ‘Aztec/

Maya Circle of Friends’ figure?

‘Nearly everything you were taught about Aztec “sacrifice” is wrong’‘Nearly everything you were taught

about Aztec “sacrifice” is wrong’...

Aztec advances (13): tamalesTamales: the world’s first

convenience food?

The {italictopilli} or ‘staff of justice’Nahua walking sticks of today are descended

from ancient Mesoamerican merchants’ staffs

‘Desert Island Artefacts’: survey of our Panel of ExpertsWe survey our Panel of Experts on

their preferred ‘Desert Island Artefact’...

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC MARKETSBasic Aztec facts:


What type of war paint did the Aztecs have?What type of war paint

did the Aztecs have?

Did the Aztecs practice martial arts?Did the Mexica practice hand-to-hand

combat and martial arts in general?

Is ANY of the treasure given to Cortés accounted for today?Is ANY of the treasure given to or

seized by Cortés accounted for today?

What all was for sale in the great market at Tlatelolco?What all was for sale

in the great Tlatelolco market?