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Aztec clay pipes in the form of ducks

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Why did Maya houses have no windows? (2) asked Chalfont St. Giles Junior School. Read what Professor Joyce Marcus had to say.

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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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Talking a Good Fight: Communication and Conquest (1)The Spanish conquest was a campaign won

mostly through politics and diplomacy...

Aztec Surnames: a Modern Link to a Proud HertiageNahuatl surnames from Cholula

that still exist from Aztec times

Birth and death as metaphors in pre-Columbian cultures (1)The constant cycle of death and renewal

was vital in keeping the universe in balance...

Mexicolore’s early years in Development EducationMexicolore began life working in

Development Education...

Hi-tech imaging of two Aztec codices in ParisStudying the surface of codices

is a bit like studying the surface of the moon

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!

Did the Aztecs have a term for religion?Did the Mexica/Aztecs have a term

for religion, belief, worship...?

How did the Aztecs get their stones for building?How did the Aztecs get their stones

for building structures?

Did the Aztecs use metal spears?Did the Aztecs use

metal spears?

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

It’s from a mural in Kingsburg, California