Imagine you are in La Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City) on this date in 1790... You are doing repairs and have to dig below the Zocalo (main square) – and you discover a huge slab of stone with ancient symbols carved all around a central face!
Can you imagine how exciting it would be to make such a discovery?
The circular stone slab is 12 feet (about four meters) in diameter and 3 feet (about one meter) thick—and it weighs more than 24 tons! It is a massive representation of the Aztec calendar; known as the Sun Stone, it is one of Mexico's national treasures.
|The calendar used|
to be painted
in bright colors.
- Here is an introductory video.
- Check out Aztec History -dot-com.
- This video is more professional than the one listed above, and really interesting. However, it is a bit more one-sided—showing a lot of positive things about the Aztecs, and barely mentioning the negatives.
For more about the Aztecs, check out this earlier post.
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