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Sacred Precinct, Tenochtitlan
Image by Steve Cadman

Sacred Precinct, Tenochtitlan

A model reconstruction of the sacred precinct of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital on Lake Texcoco. The city was founded in 1345 CE and fell to the Spanish forces led by Cortés in 1521 CE. The sacred complex was dominated by the central pyramid...
Huitzilopochtli
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Huitzilopochtli

A depiction of the Aztec god of war and the sun Huitzilopochtli. The god carries his typical atl-atl or spear-thrower, feathered arrows and shield and wears hummingbird feathers. (Codex Barbonicus).
Maya Ruins, Tulum - 3D View
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Maya Ruins, Tulum - 3D View

Tulum is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo...
Reconstruction of Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan
Image by NeoMam Studios/THISISRENDER/Expedia

Reconstruction of Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan

A digital reconstruction of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan as it may have appeared when it was first constructed in 200 CE. The Pyramid of the Sun is the third largest pyramid in the ancient world. Made by NeoMam Studios and THISISRENDER...
Xipe Totec
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Xipe Totec

Xipe Totec was the Mesoamerican god of spring and patron of planting, seeds and goldsmiths and particularly worshipped by the Aztecs. Human sacrifices were made to the god and the skins of the victims worn in imitation of the process of regeneration...
Tezcatlipoca Turquoise Skull
Image by Trustees of the British Museum

Tezcatlipoca Turquoise Skull

A decorated human skull thought to represent the Mesoamerican god Tezcatlipoca. Mosaic of turquoise and lignite cover the skull with red thorny oyster shell used around the nasal cavity. Polished pyrite surrounded by white conch shell provide...
Ball Court Wall & Goal, Chichen Itza
Image by Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez

Ball Court Wall & Goal, Chichen Itza

One of the walls and goals of the ball court in the Maya-Toltec city of Chichen Itza. 1050-1200 CE.
The Tarascan Empire
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The Tarascan Empire

A map of Mexico indicating in green the extent of the Tarascan empire in the late Post-Classic period (1350-1520 CE) and the Tarascan capital of Tzintzuntzan. Indicated in grey is the contemporary Aztec empire.
Maya kakau glyph
Image by VVVladimir

Maya kakau glyph

This ancient Maya glyph is pronounced "kah-kah-oo." Various forms of this glyph can be found on Maya vessels, some of which are known to have contained chocolate in some form.
Tonalpohualli Mesoamerican Calendar
Image by Richard Graeber

Tonalpohualli Mesoamerican Calendar

A representation of the Tonalpohualli – ‘Counting of the Days’ 260-day calendar used by ancient Mesoamerican cultures. Two systems ran simultaneously with a group of 13 numbered days combined with a group of 20 name days. Thus, each day had...