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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 College students

Web Site Links    

The 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.

A 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.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)    

Encyclopædia Britannica
Use 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.

Reference Books

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 religion 
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--First contact with Europeans


Aztecs--Kings and rulers

Aztecs--Social life and customs

Cortés, Hernán, 1485-1547


Mexico--History--Spanish colony, 1540-1810

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
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 back.

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 3 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database.  Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  SU(aztec civilization) AND (calendar)
    2.  SU(aztec civilization) AND SU(art)
    3.  SU(aztec civilization) AND (rituals) OR (customs)

Researched and evaluated by:
M. Hogarth, Librarian 2/2000
last update: K. Bourgaize, Librarian 9/2009

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