Over the summer, Dr. David Stuart completed and submitted for publication a manuscript exploring new interpretations of the iconic Aztec Calendar Stone.
In this new volume, he expounds upon known evidence and offers his own interpretations.
Some of his research on the topic was presented during his Colloquium Series talk, “History, Identity and Cosmos: A New Analysis of the Aztec Calendar Stone,” given at UT Austin in March. During the presentation, Dr. Stuart discussed fresh ideas about the sculpture, such as its “role as a monument in the larger urban landscape of ancient Tenochtitlan,” its use as a sacrificial platform, and the meaning of its many hieroglyphs as important clues to understanding the stone more fully. Read the abstract of his presentation here.
Dr. Stuart has ruminated on the calendar stone, and its possible meanings and uses, over the last several years while teaching the class Aztec Art & Civilization at UT Austin.
The publication, whose working title is “The Face of the Cosmos: Further Interpretations of the Aztec Calendar Stone” will be a monograph in the “Maya Archaeology” Series from Precolumbia Mesoweb Press.
Read an excerpt from the forthcoming book on Dr. Stuart's blog.
Detail of the Aztec Calendar Stone