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date: 05 April 2020

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The greatness of Tollan Xicocotitlan and the Toltecs is evident in Tula’s architectural monuments including palaces and temples and sculptures, which incorporate elements that transcend time and space. The Aztecs adapted several of these elements, using them to legitimize their identity and lineage to justify their power over the people who historically identified with Ce Acatl Topiltizn Quetzalcóatl. The Aztec Empire expanded to include the area, which was then required to send tribute to Teotlalpan. Tollan Xicocotitlan remained largely forgotten until several excavation projects at the site revealed Aztec structures built on top of the earlier Toltec ruins. The great significance of the Toltec culture for the Mexica is emphasized.

Keywords: Toltecs, Tula, Tollan Xicocotitlan, Quetzalcoatl, palace, Aztec Empire

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