December 15th, 2007 – by: geokid
This site is located about 3 miles north of Acambay
on east side of highway 55. This site is not open on Mondays. This is a great small hill top Otomi site that may show some signs of earthquake damage. Some excavation and reconstruction has occurred. There are 3 north facing multi-tiered temple platforms partially reconstructed and stabilized. There are some examples of stucco flooring. At the peak this city covered the adjacent field. Many dry stacked and cemented low walls divide many of the fields. Pottery shards and chipped stone are found in copious amounts in the fields as float. The views from the top of the platforms is top notch. A great place to linger with a picnic meal and soak up the atmosphere.
Entrance to Huamango.
The area of Acambay was originally settled by the Otomis who built the ceremonial center called Huamango. Huamango was occupied from 775 to 1350 AD. Huamango was likely the most important cultural center prior to the rise of the Tula civilization. Huamango sits atop a area known as the San Miguel plateau. The causes of Huamango's abandonment are not certain, a local legend says that Huamango was destroyed by an earthquake. Shortly after what appears to be the abandonment of Huamango, construction activites began nearby in an area called Benguitú, which was later named named Cabayé or Acambay by the Spanish. Benguitú was founded by the Otomis, the same people that built Huamango. Occupation of this site began around 650 AD. The visible structure were started around 900 AD. This site remained active and was occupied at least until 1350 AD. This site is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.