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Ancient Mexico [May. 30th, 2013|10:46 am]
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travelwrld
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£2.56m ceramic figure - Ancient Maya or Modern Fake? [Apr. 4th, 2011|11:40 am]
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infrogmation
The Guardian: Mayan-style ancient warrior rated a fake as Mexico and France cross swords. 'Seated Divinity' sold in Paris for record £2.56m fuels war of words marring France's Mexico year
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Non-Aztec slaves? [Jun. 14th, 2010|07:47 am]
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aliettedb
(crossposted to askahistorian and little_details)

Hum, me again, with another silly question... I'm working a historical fantasy set among the Aztecs (specifically, book 3 of my trilogy), and I'm running against a wall... Specifically, I *know* the Aztecs took prisoners of war, a significant portion of which were sacrificed (especially the men), and I've seen mentions that the rest served as slaves. I was wondering:
-who had those slaves? I'm assuming deserving warriors and such, but for all I know I could be way off base
-whether those slaves of foreign origin had the same status as Aztec slaves (ie, could they free themselves after some time, could they attempt to run away), or were they a separate category?

Done so far: googled "non-Aztec slaves" and had a look through the first few pages of results, but only got a mention that war captives were different from slaves. The only books I had which seemed to have a chance of dealing with the subject are Ross Hassig's Aztec Warfare and Inga Clendinnen's Aztecs, but nope, that's not mentioned anywhere.

Related to this, if you have any resources on the relationships between the Aztecs and their subjugated provinces, I would love to hear about them.

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: should have been a bit clearer: I'm seeing a lot of sources that say POW were sacrificed, but I've also seen a bunch of other sources that mention women and children being enslaved (typically after defeat), and this is where I start having doubts, because the Aztecs didn't do much mass-sacrifices of women.
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What follows are my criticisms of the alternative history sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy [May. 29th, 2010|07:18 pm]
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neo_teotihuacan
What follows are my criticisms of the alternative history sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy (read on to discover how this relates to Native America)

In theory, speculating on what may have been is an excellent thought experiment, an interesting way of shedding light on the events that did actually occur. I got curious some time ago and decided to see what the world had to say about the alternative history of America. What would it be like if the history of the world was different than it turned out to be? What would the United States of Americta be like today if a person in the past turned left instead of turning right, if he dodged that bullet and shot a new bullet instead? If Hannibal used war chimps instead of war elephants? What if JFK wore a helmet? Would thinking about a possible America where Prohibition stuck on as permanent law help me to understand what was really happening during the actual prohibition? Specifically, I was interested in an alternative history where, somehow, Europe’s interaction with the Americas over the last 500 years was altered from the way in which we currently understand it. Would this enlighten my understanding of North America?

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Maya Murals [Dec. 15th, 2009|11:26 am]
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infrogmation
Murals found at Mexican excavation depict everyday life of the Maya. Washington Post article on cool recently discovered ancient murals at Calakmul, with a few pix.
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Archaeology and eBay [Nov. 4th, 2009|07:35 pm]
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rrocks1241
 

 Hi! I'm taking an archaeological ethics course and I'm doing a research project on the effects of eBay and online markets on archaeological sites and artifacts. I have created a really quick survey and if you could take it, it would really help me out! Thanks so much! 
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=oR4ppCPNbjPOn_2fjdUDTCgA_3d_3d

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[question]Date of death of Aztec Emperor Axayacatl [Nov. 3rd, 2009|08:45 pm]
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aliettedb
(crossposted to askahistorian and little_details)
I apologise for butting in with a question, which isn't the main purpose of this community, but I figured someone here might have an idea of where I could look.

I'm working on a historical fantasy set among the Aztecs, and I have hit a slight snag...

I'm looking for the date of death of the Aztec Emperor Axayacatl. I know the year, but what I need is the precise day or at least month, in either the Aztec or European calendar. Does anyone have any idea of what it is (or where I could find it, failing that?) I know Aztec history is a bit patchy, and I was wondering if I couldn't find it anywhere in my books simply because we don't know it with enough precision.

Done so far: read through "The Aztecs" by Nigel Davies, "Handbook of Life in the Aztec World" by Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, and "The Aztecs of Mexico" by George Vaillant, without much success. In desperation, also googled "Axayacatl date of death".

Thanks in advance! (I know this is a really nitpicky one)

EDIT: got a date (well, half-made up one). Thank you so much for the help!
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Another new member [Jun. 1st, 2009|08:53 am]
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mumbling_sage
I guess it's time I move from watching this community to being a member in it. If nothing else, it means if I start posting comments, maybe people will recognize me.

+ Name :
  Therese Arkenberg

+ Age : I'll be a legal adult in a week.

+ Country : USA (state: Wisconsin).

+ Main Interests (Community-Related): Missisippian culture, history of Great Lakes area, Aztec and Maya mythology

+ Other Interests : I'm a science fiction/fantasy writer, so some of my interest in Native American cultures is because they make good story ideas, I suppose. I'm especially interested in Pre-Columbian history of both the Americas and Europe.

+ Visited Any Ancient American Sites? Aztlan, in Wisconsin, the northernmost Mississippian site.

+ Places You'd Like to Visit : About anywhere in the Yucatan or the Amazon; as well as Cahokia and as many archeological and informational sites around the Great Lakes as possible.

+ How Did You Come Across the Community? It was a while ago; I think I started watching it because we share interests.



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Hinhan flys in [May. 30th, 2009|11:15 am]
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hinhanla

+ Name :  Hinhan

+ Age : 34

+ Country : United States (Maine)

+ Main Interests (Community-Related): Lakota and Algonquin Mythology and Supernaturalism, Core Shamanism, Ethics, Morality, and Spiritual Practices born in Animistic perspectives in the modern day, Holistic living and healing

+ Other Interests : European Folklore, American Folklore, Revivalist Animistic/Pagan beliefs from old Europe

+ Visited Any Ancient American Sites? I lived 40 miles from Poverty Point for many years- Poverty Point was the first city in North America, and the mysterious site itself is beyond amazing, especially the Eagle Mound. I now live near Mount Katahdin, the most sacred mountain and land to the Algonquin peoples, as well as others. I have seen the Mississippi mound systems, as well as Sipapu in the Grand Canyon. All very amazing places, with a depth of spiritual power in them that is immense.

+ Places You'd Like to Visit : (just in the Americas?) Countless, but The Black Hills stands out.

+ How Did You Come Across the Community? Drifting along through the miasma of LJ. I'd say it was a "random" discovery, except that I don't really believe in true "randomness".

+ Any Other Information About Yourself? Renegade Mystic, member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, the Bear Road Society, and several other Heathen organizations, devoted to the sacred powers and the Unseen world. I've spent years studying historical Lakota and Algonquin sacred culture, and earth-related mysteries worldwide. I deal daily with trance-work and comprehending extra-sensory reality (as well as such a thing can be comprehended). I am an herbalist as well.

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Maya glyphs on tv [May. 5th, 2009|06:50 pm]
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infrogmation
For those with access to PBS tv, the NOVA show this evening is "Cracking the Maya Code".

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/mayacode/
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