The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected
books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject.
The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by
Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically
selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo
Online Databases (RHC Students
version for printing
Web Site Links
Aztec Calendar: Math and Design
An explanation of science in ancient Aztec artwork.
Law in Mexico Before the Conquest
This site explores Aztecs and Mayan law through images and brief overviews
of topics such as warfare, courts, attorneys and judges, property law,
family law, punishment, drunkenness, and slavery. Includes a small
collection of annotated links on Aztec, Mayan, and other Mesoamerican
civilizations. From the Jamail Center for Legal Research, University
of Texas School of Law.
Mesoamerican Archaeology Web Site
Scholarly files, links, resources, software and reports relevant or
interesting to Mesoamerican and pre-Columbian archaeology.
Subtitled An Exploration of Mesoamerican Cultures, this site is
"devoted to ancient Mesoamerica and its cultures : the Olmecs, Maya, Aztec,
Teotihuacano, Toltec, Mixtec, Zapotec and others" and presents information
about an archeological dig and restoration project at Palenque in Chiapas,
Mexico. Photos, map, animations, videos (require QuickTime), rubbings
of Maya sculptures, and an illustrated encyclopedia are available fro the
pre-Columbian Art Research Institute and Mexico's National Institute of
Anthropology and History.
(Rio Hondo Students only) top
Encyclopædia Britannica to search an Internet
directory that includes more than 130,000 links to Web sites selected,
rated, and reviewed by Britannica editors.
The following books can be located in the
Rio Hondo College Library.
Ancient Mexico & Central America : archaeology and culture history
Call number: Ref F1219.E85 2004
Celebrate Native America! : an Aztec book of days
Call number: Ref F1219.76.C35B35 1993
Encyclopedia of ancient Mesoamerica
Call number: Ref F1219.3.B932 1996
The flayed god : the Mesoamerican mythological tradition : sacred texts
and images from Pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America
Call number: Ref F1219.3.R38M24 1992
The gods and symbols of ancient Mexico and the Maya : an Illustrated dictionary of Mexoamerican
Call number: Ref F1435.3.R3M55 1993
Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the
following Library of Congress subject headings:
Aztecs--Kings and rulers
Aztecs--Social life and customs
Indians of Mexico
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo
The following media, and others on this topic, can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library
at the 3rd floor Circulation Desk, to be viewed in the Library.
The Aztec and the Maya
Call number: Video 000912
Summary: The Mayan civilization enjoyed a glorious period from 325 AD
to 925 AD. Skilled potters, weavers and farmers, the magnificent
temples at Chichen Itza and Copan are among the legacies of a
peace-loving people. The Aztecs of Mexico are remembered for their
architecture, sculpture, art and for their religious rituals which
included large scale human sacrifice.
The Aztec empire
Call number : Video 000157
When the explorer Cortes arrived in the New World in 1519, he found
the present-day nation of Mexico dominated by the Aztecs. Skilled
farmers, builders and merchants, the Aztecs were also savage warriors
who practiced human sacrifice on a massive scale fueled by the belief
that blood nourished their gods and sustained the world.
The Conquest of Mexico
Call number: Video 000601
An examination of the conquest of the Aztecs by the Spaniards during
the sixteenth century.
Mexico : the rise and
fall of the Aztecs
Call number: Video 001147
The second of eight programs exploring the history and culture of
North America. The Indians of Central Mexico and dramatic eyewitness
accounts of the Aztec-Spanish war highlight this volume. The
magnificent city Tenochtitlan became the center of an empire and the
objective of Cortez, who sank his ships so his men could not turn
El Sol Azteca
Call number: Video 001004
The Aztecs reflect their politics, religion, science and culture
with depictions of symbols, myths and legends in their art.
The Rio Hondo College Library
provides online access to full-text articles through our
online databases. Please note: you must be a Rio Hondo College
student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.
The sample searches
and articles below are from the
ProQuest database. If you are viewing this
subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the
links below. To gain access if you are at home or off-campus,
first click here:
https://rioweb.riohondo.edu/library/. Input your student
ID number and password [your birthdate]. You will see a list
of all the online databases to which you have access. Click on ProQuest and enter the database. You may conduct your own
searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and
click on any of the links below:
SU(aztec civilization) AND (calendar)
SU(aztec civilization) AND SU(art)
SU(aztec civilization) AND (rituals) OR (customs)
Researched and evaluated by:
M. Hogarth, Librarian 2/2000
last update: K. Bourgaize, Librarian 9/2009