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Ancient village discovered in downtown Miami

Ancient Village Discovered In Downtown Miami

Archaeologists uncovered an ancient Native American village that could date back 2,000 years in Miami.

It's being called one of the most significant prehistoric sites in the US. The Miami Herald reports that over the past several months, archaeologists have dug up eight large circles made up of uniformly carved holes in the limestone. These could be foundation holes for Tequesta Indian dwellings.



Tequesta Indians occupied an area along the southeastern coast of Florida near the Miami River, but many of their villages were deserted by the late 18th century.

The site falls inside a designated archaeological zone and was originally being cleared for an entertainment complex last year. Chairman of Miami's Historic and Environmental Preservation Board William Hopper told NPR news that preservation officials have called for a redesign of the project to save as much of the site as possible.

'It wasn't really until probably September that we began to get an idea of the significance of the find there. We want to see what we can do to preserve as much of that as we can, so that people in future generations can have an understanding of what happened there at the mouth of the river.'

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maxcranium February 06 2014 at 6:00 AM

Is it on Ancient Aliens?

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Bill Palazzo February 05 2014 at 1:43 PM

Great, More people to sign up for Obamacare. They will keep the cost down as they are already dead.

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Les February 05 2014 at 9:27 AM

Why can't I talk to some one in Broward about my Sun Sent. news paper. When I have called I speak with some one from another country. They refuse to let me speak to some one in Broward.
Lester Barr

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dondemaria February 05 2014 at 7:17 AM

It is actually the oldest crack house or meth lab ever busted in Miami's long and proud drug history.

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Tippy February 05 2014 at 6:38 AM

Amazing to know that Indians( I should say people) lived here 2000 years ago. At that time, people from known nations never even knew the America's even existed, let alone that human beings were occupying them. The world they knew then was very small..so they thought. It intrests me very much. Hopefully, they will find out more about their tribes and lifestyle at that time. I know many people are not interested one way or another about these findings, because it's an entirely different country today. It should definitely be preserved, and forget about development in areas like this. I guess we'll see how many value historical sites that date back 2000 years ago.

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Peter! March 02 2014 at 2:07 PM

Love your positive reaction here. Am excited about it, too!

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jojowhite320 February 05 2014 at 6:15 AM

Gosh! Maybe they have found the fountain of youth!

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alfredschrader February 05 2014 at 5:58 AM

There is a still inhabited Indian village just off of the Tamiami Trail West of Miami in the Florida Everglades. I was there in the 1960's Of course it has a few modern man influences but they kept the rest of it the same. It's on some of the most fertile soil on the planet. They grow amazing giant oranges and sell them to tourists, though not too many people are willing to venture that far out into the Florida Everglades . In the 1960's most of the endangered species weren't endangered or protected yet. I used to sit with aligators amongst some of the most exotic and rare wildlife there has ever been.

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HAT1701D February 05 2014 at 5:40 AM

Feb 3, 1999?....Am I reading that caption correctly? Then we jump to 2007? Is it me or is this article lost somewhere in time? Yes, history is always interesting. News reported 7 years after the fact.....shows something left to be desired in how our world regards the importance of a subject. 15 - 7 years ago........someone isn't on it are they?

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antonioso February 05 2014 at 5:01 AM

donooch..please don't lump us all in one basket; you would not appreciate having it vis-a-vis thrown in your face, or have your nation referred to as a cesspool. Uncalled for, really. Most Americans have a deep appreciation for their history, realize we have made many mistakes in the past (name one country that has not), and as the developer pointed out...stopped excavation upon realizing this was a historic find of Ancient American Indian dwellings. Please cut us some slack.

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sk8toy88 February 05 2014 at 4:56 AM

If this is from 2007 why is this news as if it happened this week?

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