They say special things come in small packages – and Tingambato is an example of a small but significant archaeological site that has actually been of great importance to the world of Archaeology. The historical value of this site lies in the fact that its construction style shows great influence from Teotihuacan. Archaeologists have thus concluded Tingambato was constructed and inhabited prior to the arrival of the Purhepecha Culture.
The ruins of Tingambato are in decent condition, with a sunken ball court, several structures with rooms that once were topped with palapa huts, two public plazas, three altars and an 8 meter high step-style pyramid named after the Moon. One of the excavated tombs revealed 15 skeletons and 32 skulls, suggesting there may have been a practice of beheading or trophy-hunting here. One other tomb excavation unveiled the remains of a warrior woman who was buried with a Shaman – something considered quite auspicious and unusual. Behind the ball court is an un-excavated pyramid with an avocado tree growing out of its base, resulting in structural damage. This pyramid is behind a fence, as it is on private property – of which the owner refuses to part with. This is unfortunate, as archaeologists have done enough studies to understand there is astronomical value to this structure – which is common among ancient sites around the world. For now, the site of Tingambato remains void of tourists, making it a lovely site to visit.