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The original Codex Mendoza is in the Bodleian Library Oxford

Aztec Books and Writing

We launched this section in 2013 with a short introductory piece on Aztec books written for young people by our in-house researcher Julia Flood. It’s steadily building up into a little treasure trove of information on the history of paper making and book writing in ancient Mesoamerica. We’re now adding to it regularly...

Launched in 2014: In the right hand menu (‘Codex Pages Explained’) you’ll find an extra resource: a key/guide to interpreting the content of some ancient Mexican manuscript pages...

We recommend, for both teachers and students, the resource pages on Codices, Writing/Language, Paper, and more on the website of the NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers, Oaxaca 2015 website, link below (scroll down r/h menu...)

NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers, Oaxaca 2015

‘Codex Corner’: mistaken identityThe Codex Laud (Códice Mictlan) was first thought

to be an Egyptian hieroglyphic book...

‘Codex Corner’: soundHear the crackly sound of an elderly Mexica scholar

turning the pages of a dry, hard codex...

‘Codex Corner’: coloursMexica scribes changed (flower-based) colours

just by putting the brushes into their mouths...

Aztec PapermakingThe Aztecs valued paper almost more

than any other substance...

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

is a bit like studying the surface of the moon

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

compared to a Nahua song-poem...

Bark painting in MexicoThe constant tapping sound -

- of bark paper making in San Pablito...

Reconstructing a Mesoamerican codexScientists in Holland attempt

to reconstruct a Mesoamerican codex...

Conference on Mesoamerican Manuscripts 2016Some of the secrets of the codices at the Bodleian Library

are revealed by non-invasive research tecniques...

Aztec books - an introductionAztec books served as reminders of key

songs, stories, rituals and myths...

2nd London Study Day and Workshop on NahuatlWe report back on the 2nd London

Nahuatl Study Day and Workshop...

3rd Nahuatl Study Day in LondonOur report on the 3rd London

Nahuatl Study Day...

A tale of two ‘tlacuilos’A modern-day ‘tlacuilo’

has a sad tale to tell...