According to research published in Nature Ecology and Evolution the illness that struck Mesoamerica during the conquest was not smallpox, has has been thought, but perhaps a strain of the bacterium salmonella. Looking at remains from a cemetary in Teposcolula, OAX, ten individuals had genetic evidence of the enteric form of the bacteria, which causes enteric fever. The paper proposes that the illness specifically from 1545 to be this strain of salmonella.
The mission of the H-Nahuatl network is to provide a simple medium where scholars interested in studying the Nahua or Nahuatl (Aztecs or Aztec language) can go to be in communication with others. The network will accept postings in English, Spanish, Nahuatl, and French. Historically the network has addressed issues relevant to understanding nuances of Nahuatl, the grammar and structure of the language. It also serves as a place where the general public can inquire about specific issues of the Nahua. Lastly, it provides a forum wherein scholars can announce their research plans and seek assistance from others in the field.
INAH archeologists have discoverd a reflecting pool on the sides of Iztaccihuatl that might represent the Mexica universe. It consists of stone placed in a circular pool that under optimal conditions appear to be hovering on the surface.
The INAH press release:
Dear H-Nahuatl subscribers,
Just in case anyone was wondering what verb class "ye", "to be" belongs to, today in Tlaxcala, a certain well-respected Nahuatl speaking professor (in his book Tlahtolixcopincayotl: San Miguel Xaltipan) who used to collaborate with a certain well-respected linguist who lives in Indiana, says,
"Tollan oyec ce huei altepetl", "Tollan was a big/great city"
"Iminaltpehuan oyequeh Tenochtitlan", "Their cities were in Tenochtitlan"
Cualli xiitztocan pan ni ilhuitl,