New Aztec history facts

Nov 24, 2020

Temple of Santiago Tlatelolco's Stones

[Atlas Obscura] Take a close look at the stones of the Temple of Santiago Tlatelolco, and you’ll notice they reveal episodes from Mexico’s past. The 16th-century church was constructed with material from the destroyed pyramids of Tlatelolco. The pilfered stones were not randomly placed...

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Oct 20, 2020

Ancient Aztec Temazcal uncovered by archaeologists in Mexico City’s La Merced

[Yucatan Times] An ancient Native Aztec sauna, dating back to the 14th Century, has been uncovered by archaeologists in Mexico City.

Central components of the sweat lodge where the tub or steam bath pool was located are still intact, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History...

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Sep 16, 2020

Ancient Maya kingdom unearthed in a backyard in Mexico

Really? "Associate professor of anthropology Charles Golden and his colleagues have found the long-lost capital of an ancient Maya kingdom in the backyard of a Mexican cattle rancher." by Lawrence Goodman, Brandeis University

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Aug 22, 2020

More on Eduardo Williams' New Book...

As Mexico News Daily put it, this book is "a treasure chest full of wonderful places to visit". As a scholarly work it isn't cheap, but for those interested in Mexican history, it's a resource to check out!

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Aug 18, 2020

Archaeologist casts new light on ancient people of western Mexico

[Mexico News Daily] A new book — written in excellent English — presents the first study of the archaeology of the whole of western Mexico, from the earliest to the latest cultural periods, by a single author.

It is also unique in that it is far more than a simple compendium of excavations and artifacts. Guadalajara-born archaeologist Eduardo Williams, who is now a professor at the Colegio de Michocán, tells us this up front in the book’s title: Ancient West Mexico in the Mesoamerican Ecumene...

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Jul 20, 2020

Copal: The incense of ancient Mexico

[Desert Sun] The Aztecs called it the blood of trees, the exuding resin of a species taxonomists classified as Protium copal. Spanish friar Bernardino de Sahagun wrote that the Aztecs used tree gum mixed with calcium phosphate to glue gems to their teeth. But this gum, known as copal, was far more valuable than just a glue. This was the sacred incense of the Maya and Aztec civilizations — quantities of it discovered sequestered within the Great Temple at Tenochtitlan preserved as lumps and bars...

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Jun 09, 2020

Archeologists discover ancient Mayan palace in eastern Mexico

[Reuters] Archeologists have discovered a large palace likely used by the Mayan elite more than 1,000 years ago in the ancient city of Kuluba, near the modern day tourist hot spot of Cancun in eastern Mexico, Mexican anthropology officials said...

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May 15, 2020

Cave Full of Untouched Maya Artifacts Found at Chichén Itzá

[Smithsonian] It’s a stroke of luck that Pinto decided not to remove the artifacts from the cave all those years ago. The untouched state of the cave system gives researchers a chance to investigate how much cultural exchange took place between the Maya civilization and other Central American cultures, and perhaps learn more about the Maya before Chichén Itzá went into decline. Cutting edge 3-D mapping, paleobotany and other recent techniques will all aid in the research effort....

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Apr 09, 2020

Gold bar found beneath Mexico City street was part of Moctezuma's treasure

[National Post] A new scientific analysis of a large gold bar found decades ago in downtown Mexico City reveals it was part of the plunder Spanish conquerors tried to carry away as they fled the Aztec capital after native warriors forced a hasty retreat...

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Mar 23, 2020

Xalapa Museum of Anthropology

[Atlas Obscura] The fascinating anthropology museum in Xalapa houses a staggering collection of over 25,000 artifacts representing a diverse array of cultures, from the Aztec to the Huastec, Totonac, and Mayan civilizations. But the most significant exhibits are undoubtedly those from the enormous collection of artifacts belonging to the mother civilization of Mesoamerica, the Olmeca...

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