Dating gold artifacts
Some feel it represents only what the Spanish wanted to see, not the real Aztec world.
Others believe Bernardino de Sahagún mostly copied what was told to him by reliable sources.
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In some ways the Aztec empire was literally buried when the Spanish arrived.
But Aztec artifacts continue to be found, which give us new and often surprising insights into the empire as it was.
This is perhaps the most familiar of the Aztec artifacts.
It has become a memorable symbol of Mexico, showing the official Aztec view of the universe and its gods.