General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 26 Feb 2020/1 House
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Aztec obsidian mirror, Madrid

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‘Aztecs or Mexica?’ - a useful summary of the key points
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Professor Jennifer Mathews

Were there any lady [Maya] rulers? asked Chalfont St. Giles Junior School. Read what Professor Jennifer Mathews had to say.

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The axolotl will be the star feature
on the new Mexican $50 peso banknote, to launch in 2022
See Mexico News Daily feature...

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)

Maize and the Aztec farming yearThe Mexica spent less time later saying thanks for

a good harvest and more praying earlier for abundance

School children vote for their favourite Aztec day signGuess which day sign topped our poll

of 4,000 primary school children...

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

ancient Mexico/Mesoamerica?’

‘Codex Corner’: Different names for ancient booksAncient Mexican books have been called

lots of different things, not just ‘codices’...

A celebration of Mesoamerican achievements and advancesA time to celebrate the achievements and advances

of Mesoamerca prior to the Spanish invasion...

Aztec advances (9): nixtamalization of cornNixtamalization of corn or maize -

invented throughout the Americas centuries ago...

Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC HEALTHBasic Aztec facts:


Encounters* Countdown (2): our guide to the quincentennial of the Spanish invasion of Mexico...Part Two of our month-by-month guide to the

quincentennial of the Spanish invasion of Mexico

Dental and oral hygiene were taken seriously...‘Unclean teeth are to be polished

very diligently...’

The towns linked by causeways to TenochtitlanWhich were the names of the smaller towns

linked by causeways to Tenochtitlan?

How did the Aztecs deal with mental illness?How did the Mexica/Aztecs

deal with mental illness?

Were all Mexica great astronomers or just the priests?Were all Mexica great astronomers

or just the priests?

How did they light their homes?How did the Aztecs light their homes?

Did they light candles everywhere?