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Thursday, December 6, 2018

2018 SMA Tour: Cañada de la Virgen Archaeological Site -

The House of the Thirteen Heavens 

Cañada de la Virgen is located some 25 km outside San Miguel. This ceremonial site was occupied between 540 and 1050 CE, when it was abandoned like many other sites in the region, likely because of the severe drought that lasted for an extended period of time. It covers about 16 hectares on a private land but is now government property.

We could see three complexes: A, B, C. The Complex A, House of the Thirteen Heavens (or Skies) served as an observatory and a burial site for the elite. The complex is aligned to the rising and setting sun, and the movements of Jupiter and Venus. All these movements were related to the Otomi calendar. Complex B is called The House of the Longest Night; and Complex C The House of the Wind.
We had an exceptional tour led by Alberto Aveleyra, anthropologist by the National School of Anthropology and History. He is specialized in the interpretation of the ancient Otomi codex and the history of precolumbian cultures related to the San Miguel De Allende surroundings. The day was filled with outstanding information about the past cultures and an overall very pleasant experience.

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Alberto - our exceptional guide for the day

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