14 January 2006
Ancient remains found in downtown Miami
Archaeologists excavating an American Indian burial site in downtown Miami (Florida, USA), where a condominium development is being built, say it dates back about 2,000 years, and burials there appear to be individual. The site is near the original shoreline of Biscayne Bay. Robert Carr, director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, speculated the Tequestas may have prepared bodies there for burial. The tribe was known to lay bodies on the beach to be "de-fleshed by the crabs and the vultures," he said.
Archaeologists will study and catalog the remains and re-inter them on the same site in accordance with state law and after consulting with representatives of the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes.. They have long known that a wealth of archaeological material is buried under downtown Miami. Archaeologists excavated a village on the north shore of the Miami River in the 1980s. The Miami Circle, a round limestone formation 38 feet in diameter believed to be the foundation of a prehistoric structure of the Tequestas, was discovered in the 1990s.
Sources: The Guardian, United Press International (13 January 2006)
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