The Fifth Sun


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The Aztecs had a RELIGIOUS calendar and an SOLAR calendar.

The RELIGIOUS year had 20 days and 13 numbers.  (260 days)

The SOLAR year had 18 months each 20 days long and 5 spare days. (365 days)

Archaeologists worked out how these calendars worked by studying artefacts such as the sunstones. Here's a sunstone for you to study.

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It was during the reign of the 6th Aztec Emperor in 1479 that this stone was carved and dedicated to the principal Aztec god: the sun.

It weighs almost 25 tons, has a diameter of just under 12 feet, and a thickness of 3 feet.

On December 17th, 1760 the stone was discovered, buried in the "Zocalo" (the main square) of Mexico City.

The original

The centre part of the sunstone

Click on the face to EXPLORE the stone

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If you would like to try calculating todays date in Aztec Calendar style, then visit Pepe Baeza's Calandar Calculator .... just click

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If you would like to see more artefacts visit the James Jacob's website.

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