The Tizoc Stone was first discovered on December 17, 1790 C.E beneath the Plaza de la Constitución in Mexico City. Mexico City has many ancient treasures under its modern buildings and streets, as it was built on top of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. The Tizoc Stone is a large stone cylinder constructed in a similar fashion to the famous Aztec calendar.
Around its outer edge, the short rule of the Aztec ruler Tizoc is depicted with him leading fourteen warriors in conquest. In the richly carved depictions, the warriors are not only conquering earthly enemies, but gods as well. This type of art was popular with the Aztecs, as they believed the Aztec domination of modern-day Mexico not only brought glory and riches, but order to the cosmos. While Tizoc’s reign was marked by instability and rebellions, this stone has endeared for more than half a millennia.
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