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Hidden codex discovered under Mixtec manuscript in Oxford
Hi-tech imaging has revealed exceptionally rare manuscript overlaid by 16th-century deerhide document held at Oxford University
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Welcome to the Aztecs at Mexicolore!

Mexicolore is a small, independent, artefact-based teaching team providing in-school visits and teaching resources on Mexico, the Mexica (Aztecs) and the Maya. Since 1980 our living history teams have now made over 3,000 visits to schools, museums, arts centres, hospitals and galleries 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.” (Minister 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 school Living History workshops on Mexico, the Aztecs and the Maya, in which some 210,000 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, you won’t find us on Facebook, and we carry no adverts. We’re fiercely proud of our independence!

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While Aztec women knelt, men squattedIn Aztec times, men didn’t sit

on chairs - they squatted

Curfew!Everyone in Tenochtitlan

had to head home at 6 pm!

The ‘art of memory’: sonnet versus songThe ‘art of memory’: a Shakespearean sonnet

compared to a Nahua song-poem...

The metaphor of jewelleryThe Aztecs spoke of stringing together

the 20 day signs as a ‘precious necklace’...

Superstitious? (4)If you sneezed, it meant someone

was talking about you far away!

The great market at TlatelolcoThe noise of the great market at Tlatelolco

could be heard ‘a league off...’

The burning of [Maya] books‘Memory cannot be burned’ - it finds refuge

‘in mouths that sing the glories of men and gods...’

What does this Nahuatl saying mean?Can you translate this Nahuatl saying for me?

It’s from a mural in Kingsburg, California

What happened to the nobility after the Conquest?What became of the Aztec nobility

after the Spanish invasion?

What did the Aztecs call the Spanish invaders?What did the Mexica/Aztecs

call the Spanish invaders?

How did Aztec culture influence their housing?How did Aztec culture

influence their housing?