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Two Mexica (Aztec) feather shields, Azteken exhibition, Stuttgart

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Dr. Ximena Chávez Balderas

Why did the Aztecs believe they had to go on a 4-year journey to the underworld when they died? asked Blackheath Prep School. Read what Dr. Ximena Chávez Balderas had to say.

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Art and Archaeology of Mesoamerica in 100 Objects
New course at Bloomsbury Summer School, run by Dr. Elizabeth Baquedano (UCL) in July
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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)

Sacrifice in the pre-Hispanic Mixtec codicesHuman sacrifices are part of

a broader ritual context...

‘Codex Corner’: odd one outWhich representation of the Templo Mayor

do you think is the odd one out...?

‘What first inspired you to study ancient Mexico/Mesoamerica?’ (1)Experts: ‘What first inspired you to study

ancient Mexico?’ - Answers flood in...

How do the solar and lunar calendars combine?How do the two main calendars

(solar and lunar) combine?

‘The Power of Brooms’The broom was a weapon - ‘the housewife’s

defense against invading dirt and disorder’

Aztec pregnancy: Dos and Don’tsAnimation: ‘A Day in the Life

of an Aztec midwife...’

One-Death: great day to be an Aztec slave!1-Death: great day

to be an Aztec slave...

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC SLAVESBasic Aztec facts:


In which festivals did the Aztecs practise cannibalism? In which festivals did the Aztecs

practise cannibalism?

Nahua women poetsAn anonymous Mexica girl

composed a tender cradle song

Did Aztec men grow beards?Did Aztec men grow beards

prior to the Europeans’ arrival?

Which Aztec ceremonies did not include human sacrifices?Which Aztec ceremonies did

NOT include human sacrifices?

What happened to the Culhuas?Did Acamapichtli really marry

a Toltec-Culhua princess?

When does a day ‘start’ in the tonalpohualli?When does a day ‘start’ in the tonalpohualli?

- At sunrise, noon, sunset, midnight...?