The story of the Aztecs is fascinating and dramatic, from its mythic origins, rituals and ways of life to its tragic conquest. Accompanying the major new Te Papa exhibition, this accessible, colourful book tells that story, immersing readers in all the richness, splendour and mystery of the complex Aztec civilisation. All-new writing reflects the latest archaeological knowledge and provides exclusive interviews with a range of Mexican and Australian experts on the Aztecs and Mexican life and culture. Handsomely illustrated, the book includes archival source material, iconic codices featuring pictograms of Aztec writing, rare archaeological images from the temples -- particularly the Templo Mayor where human sacrifices were made less than 500 years ago -- and stunning reproductions of the key exhibition objects and treasures from the national museums of Mexico, reflecting the rich heritage of Aztec culture and illustrating its continuing importance at the heart of Mexican life today.
About the Author
Kerry Jimson, a writer at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, is multi-talented, his work has included writing for the very successful TV series Shark in the Park. Kerry is a regular commentator and blogger.
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