Ancient cultures - Aztecs

Image: Mexico-3959 - Aztec Greenstone Mask by Dennis Jarvis on Flickr

The Aztecs were an advanced civilisation in what is now modern day Mexico. Mexico City is built over the ruins of the Aztec city Tenochtitlan. It is only recently that we have been able to decipher Aztec writing and discover more about them. SCIS 1698157

Ancient Scripts

Discusses writing systems from Ancient Civilisations, with a comprehensive section on the Aztec system of writing.

Suggested level:  intermediate, secondary

Aztec History

Explores life in the Aztec empire. Headings link to detailed information on topics such as religion, pyramids, calendars and Aztec warriors.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Aztec Indians

Well organised site covering Aztec daily life, culture, religion, and warriors. Links take you to more in-depth information.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Aztecs for kids – The awesome Aztecs

Facts about the Aztecs presented in a child friendly way. Contains some advertising.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Aztecs – Woodland history homework help

This UK homework site has been created by teachers. Uses simple language and has safe links to other relevant sites.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

BBC Bitesize

You can either search BBC Bitesize using the search function or by subjects and levels according to the British education system. Provides videos on a range of Aztec cultures, customs with levels indicated.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Many Answers

To discover information on the homework site Many Answers, use the search terms ‘Aztecs’ and ‘Aztec Civilisation’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.


Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers comprehensive information on Aztecs. For secondary students, the EPIC database World History in Context is a good place to start. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The goldsmith’s daughter by Tanya Landman, 2008 (YA fiction)
Jaguar warrior by Sandy Fussell, 2010 (junior fiction)


Discovery atlas-Aztec monolith Youtube 2.22

The innovation of Aztec architecture Youtube 5.45