New Aztec history facts

Jul 12, 2018

Mexico earthquake leads to discovery of ancient temple [BBC]

Archaeologists scanning a Mexican pyramid for damage following September's devastating earthquake have uncovered traces of an ancient temple...

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Mar 30, 2018

Depiction of mythical Aztec universe discovered in natural pond near Mexico's Iztaccihuatl volcano

From the International Business Times: A team of archaeologists in Mexico have discovered a stone shrine in a pond that depicts the design of the universe, as imagined by ancient Aztec civilisations. The stone "tetzacualco" or sanctuary was found at Nahualac, a site at the foothills of the Iztaccihuatl volcano...

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Mar 02, 2018

Fox News: Mexico's Teotihuacan ruins may have been "Teohuacan"

Could it be that Teotihuacan wasn't actually Teotihuacan?

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Feb 09, 2018

Did Salmonella kill massive numbers of Aztecs?

This article from The Guardian discusses new research about one of the epidemics that hit the population of the crumbing empire, killing an estimated 80% of the population within 5 years. Could it have been salmonella / typhoid (enteric) fever?

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Nov 22, 2017

Amazing Map Now Online - The Codex Quetzalecatzin

You're going to want to check out this map, now online at the Library of Congress. It's dated 1593. Scroll down to see the description, which starts: "Shows genealogical information and land ownership for the Nahuatl "de Leon" family from 1480-1593. Map covers southern Puebla from the church of Todos Santos, Ecatepec (now suburb to the north east of modern-day Mexico City), and Lake Texcoco (now the National Reserve "El Caracol") to the church of Santa Cruz Huitziltepec, Pue at the lower right, with the lower portion of the map crossed by what appears to be the Atoyac River in northern Oaxaca...."

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Apr 24, 2017

Mexico's ancient city guards its secrets but excavation reveals new mysteries

[The Guardian] An eight-year project at Teotihuacán, once the western hemisphere’s largest city, failed to locate its rulers’ tomb but findings offered tantalising clues to its origins...

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Jan 05, 2017

Ancient Wind God Temple Found Under Mexico City Supermarket

The temple, 36 feet across, falls within what is believed to be the perimeter of a large ceremonial site in the Tlatelolco neighborhood...

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Aug 22, 2016

Hidden codex may reveal secrets of life in Mexico before Spanish conquest

[The Guardian] One of the rarest manuscripts in the world has been revealed hidden beneath the pages of an equally rare but later Mexican codex, thanks to hi-tech imaging techniques.

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Jul 08, 2016

Skeleton with stone-encrusted teeth found in Mexico ancient ruins

Archeologists have discovered the 1,600-year-old skeleton of an upper-class woman whose skull was intentionally deformed and teeth were encrusted with mineral stones near Mexico's ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. ...

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Jun 01, 2016

Mystery Of Morbid Aztec Skull Masks Solved By Archaeologists

Eight masks made from human skulls were found at a temple in Tenochtitlán, Mexico, over three decades ago. Their purpose and origins have always been somewhat mysterious. But a new archaeological analysis suggests that these morbid masks may have been made from slain warriors and other elite members of ancient Aztec society....

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