Exhibit Features Aztec Artifacts from Ancient School

Exhibit Features Aztec Artifacts from Ancient School

Mon, 2012-02-06

The Cultural Centre of Spain in Mexico City just launched a new exhibit featuring Aztec artifacts belonging to an ancient school. Archaeologists have revealed that the excavated school, known as the Calmecac, is thought to have been a place of education for the future of the Aztec elite. The Aztec youth were trained militarily and politically in the school to pursue lives of greatness and leadership. Students went on to become priests, governors, and fighters after leaving the Calmecac. Javier Gonzalez, the spokesperson for Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History explained, “So this was an institution where the children of nobility, generally speaking, were prepared to be future leaders and governors of Tenochtitlan or warriors.”

The many ancient artifacts displayed in the new exhibition date back to as early as the 15th century and provide an imperative glimpse into another time and place that has shaped Mexican culture throughout the ages. German Rostant, the exhibition co-coordinator stated, “It’s a piece of our history. How the museum works is that it is an annex for the Templo Mayor museum which has contemporary pieces after the colony. What we see here is the pre-Hispanic part, the colonial part and then the republican part.”