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Jan 11

‘What’s happening with that Miami Circle!?’

One of our most frequently asked questions is ‘what’s happening with that Miami Circle!?’

The Miami circle is a significant archaeological site that was discovered in 1998 during construction in downtown Miami. It consists of 24 postholes that were cut into the limestone near the mouth of the Miami River. The postholes, which form a circle 38 feet in diameter, suggest that a permanent and planned architectural structure was built there. Evidence of the prehistoric structure, along with artifacts recovered during the excavation, add to the information we have about how the Tequesta Indians lived. Their settlement period is dated to around 2000 years ago and archaeological evidence suggests the Tequesta were socio-politically complex and that they took advantage of extensive trade networks for materials.

Thanks in large part to community involvement, development of the area was stopped and, in January 2009, the Miami Circle was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The site has been buried to ensure its preservation and plans for a passive public park, which will include interpretive signs, are underway.

More information about the Miami circle can be found at the HistoryMiami website: http://www.historymiami.org/miamicircle/

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