Thursday, January 26, 2006

Visiting Florida This Winter? -- Prehistoric Indians Loved it too!

A site dating back about 2,000 years, is being excavated in downtown Miami. The site discovered during the building of a condominium, is near the original shoreline of Biscayne Bay. Robert Carr, director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, speculated that the Tequestas may have prepared bodies at the site for burial. The tribe was known to lay bodies on the beach to be "defleshed by the crabs and the vultures," he said. Keep that in mind during your next stroll on the beach.

Archaeologists have long known that a wealth of archaeological material is buried under downtown Miami. Probably most famous is the Miami Circle, a round limestone formation 38 feet in diameter. Discovered in the 1990s, its believed to be the foundation of a prehistoric structure of the Tequestas.

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