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Aztec stone lizard sculpture

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Access online the important 16th century manuscript Crónica Mexicana
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Today's Maya date is: 13.0.6.15.6 - 2467 days into the new cycle!
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Dr. Claudia Brittenham

How long did it take to build Chichen Itza? asked St. George’s RC Primary School. Read what Dr. Claudia Brittenham had to say.

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Trees as ancestors
Dolly, a Yr 5 pupil at our last Aztecs workshop in Gloucestershire, compared the idea of trees being our ancestors to ‘frozen souls’... So mature!
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 over 200,000 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)

Zotz - a Mesoamerican comicWhat inspired a Salvadorean graphic artist

to create a great Mesoamerican comic - Zotz

Aztec clothing illustratedA new resource on Aztec clothing

- beautifully designed by Daniel Parada

Aztec advances (6): anaestheticsPeyote: used by the Mexica

and by Native Americans as an anaesthetic

A comparative history of British and Mexican quernsA comparative history of querns

in Britain and in Mexico...

AxolotlThe rare and endangered axolotl

- and its cultural importance in Mexico

A new medicine - thanks to deer...How the Mexica discovered a new herbal medicine

- thanks to the animal world...

Aztec advances (5): treating bone fractures using intramedullar nailsAztec doctors employed a technique ‘not used

in Western medicine till the 20th century...’

RattlesnakeThe rattlesnake was associated with Venus

in Mesoamerican mythology

‘Codex Corner’: Codex Re-namingA movement is growing to give ancient

Mexican codices more authentic names

The (skull) raspThe ancient Mexican skull rasp -

a widely used Mesoamerican instrument

The story of the Mexica sacrifice of a Colhua princessDid the Mexica really sacrifice

a princess from Colhuacan?

How were Xochipilli and Xochiquetzal linked?What were the similarities and differences

between Xochipilli and Xochiquetzal?

What did Aztec religion share with wider Mesoamerican cultures?What did Aztec religion share with

wider Mesoamerican cultures?

What was the hairstyle of (seasoned) Aztec warriors?How did the Aztecs have their hair cut

when they captured or killed an enemy?