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Stone Aztec serpent figure, British Museum

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One of the few plausible attempts to present a set of rules for Patolli
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Today's Maya date is: 13.0.6.12.5 - 2406 days into the new cycle!
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If gold was the poo of the sun god and silver was the poo of the moon goddess, what was bronze?! asked St Johns CE Junior School. Read what Professor Dorothy Hosler had to say.

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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 workshops on Mexico, 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)

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 Beatles and the AztecsWhat links the Beatles to the Aztecs?

John Lennon’s painting at the Casbah Club

Mexica jaguar warriors did NOT wear jaguar skinsJaguar knights did NOT wear

real animal skins as uniforms...

Encounters* Countdown: our guide to the quincentennial of the Spanish invasion of Mexico...Month-by-month guide to the quincentennial

of the Spanish invasion of Mexico...

Aztec advances (4): treating arthritic painThe Mexica (Aztecs) treated arthritis

with analgesics still used today...

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?

How did lower caste people address the emperor?How did commoners address the emperor?

How did they address other commoners?