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Aztec stone dog sculpture

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Listen to a classic: chapter 4 of Soustelle’s ‘Daily Life of the Aztecs...’
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Today's Maya date is: - 3046 days into the new cycle!
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Professor Jennifer Mathews

How did they carry the heavy stones to make their temples? asked Takeley Primary School. Read what Professor Jennifer Mathews had to say.

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‘Deciphering Aztec Hieroglyphs’
Pioneering major new study by Prof Gordon Whittaker (member of our Panel of Experts)
Read article by David Keys in The Independent

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)

Lavish Mexica warrior uniformsMuch of Aztec warfare was directed to pomp

and display rather than military efficiency...

Aztec advances (16): vanillaVanilla was recommended to help cure

‘the fatigue of those holding public office’

‘You are no longer called Aztecs. You are Mexica’‘You are no longer called Aztecs.

You are Mexica’ - Huitzilopochtli

The education of Aztec men and womenAztec man and woman -

‘Lord and Lady of the necessities of life’

The Mexica cosmos - ‘a house writ large’The Mexica cosmos

- ‘a house writ large’...

Natural forces and elements had calendrical namesNatural forces and elements as well as gods

could have calendrical names...

Different ways to depict Mexica godsMexica gods were depicted visually

in very different ways...

Aztecs/Mexica History Resources Listing 2021We publish a new Aztecs/Mexica

History Resources Listing...

Bottle gourdBottle gourds make

perfect water bottles!

The ambiguous meaning of {italic{bold{brownmecahuehuetl}}}The ambiguous meaning of mecahuehuetl

- is it the Nahua name for the concha guitar, or...?

Who created Mictlantecuhtli and Mictecacihuatl?Who created the deities

Mictlantecuhtli and Mictecacihuatl?

What animals were associated with the sun in Mesoamerican culture?What animals were associated

with the sun in Mesoamerica?

Are there any records of albinism in Ancient Mexico?Are there records of albinism

or albinos in ancient Mexico?