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An Ancient Village Discovered in Miami February 5, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People.

History buffs might be interested in checking out this story:  Ancient Village discovered in Downtown Miami.

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

* That’s 1,200 years before William Wallace challenged the English Army to a duel at Stirling.

* That’s 1,500 years before Columbus sailed over on the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.

* That’s 1,700 years before my great great great great great great great grandmother got caught in the middle of a Witch Hunt in Salem, Mass.

Well, you get the idea.  It was a LONG time ago.  It’s being called “one of the most significant prehistoric sites in the US.”

And to think it almost got buried under an Entertainment Center.

Cool save!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related topics:  Miami Circle * Tequesta


1. suzicate - February 5, 2014

Very cool. Wonder what Carl has to add to this since he lives there.

nrhatch - February 5, 2014

We’ll have to see if he weighs in on the find.

2. Don - February 5, 2014

Finds like these are so exciting and deeply significant. I’m always fascinated by the story leading up to the find because inevitably it’s a story of profound “coincidence” if we can call it that. What a find!

nrhatch - February 5, 2014

The “same thing” happened in 1998 with the Miami Circle ~ a construction project loomed when the foundations of a Native American settlement were uncovered.

3. Three Well Beings - February 5, 2014

You know I just adore these finds! I can’t wait to read more about it. Cool save, indeed!

nrhatch - February 5, 2014

This story seemed right up your alley . . . or circle. 😀

4. lindsaycummingswrites - February 5, 2014

That’s so interesting! Thank you for sharing.

nrhatch - February 5, 2014

Lots of Native Americans lived in Florida before it became a tourist mecca. I’m glad they found this before it got buried under another BIG building.

lindsaycummingswrites - February 5, 2014

No kidding! We have enough of those 🙂

5. colonialist - February 5, 2014

Providing entertainment now for a more mindful minority!

nrhatch - February 5, 2014

Developers aren’t always happy when they have to halt their planned projects due to “buried treasure.” 😉

colonialist - February 5, 2014

No, they tend to become very testy about it!

nrhatch - February 5, 2014

They probably sound like the magician who lost his hat to Frosty . . . “No Fair! No Fair! No Fair!” :mrgreen:

6. ericjbaker - February 5, 2014

I wonder what other fantastic wonders are waiting to be discovered out there. Lost art treasures, new prehistoric animals, buried cities.

nrhatch - February 5, 2014

That’s a fun thought to ponder. I bet some treasures are buried beneath tall buildings and parking lots. But others are apt to be uncovered.

7. Behind the Story - February 5, 2014

I wonder if the Miami area had more land and less water 2000 years ago. Just looking at your beautiful photo, it seems an unusual place for something that old to be preserved.

nrhatch - February 6, 2014

The seas are rising and swallowing up land. Florida used to have a much wider girth ~ by 100’s of miles. Not sure what her dimensions were 2,000 years ago.

Since the Tequesta ate fish as a staple in their diet, I expect they lived close to the shoreline.

8. diannegray - February 6, 2014

I just love it when they find these things. History seems to bury a lot of great places. It is a cool find indeed! 😀

nrhatch - February 6, 2014

Florida is not all Disney and oranges . . . we’ve got depth! 😀

9. jannatwrites - February 6, 2014

“Almost buried under an entertainment center”, hahaha!

nrhatch - February 6, 2014

Reading your comment reminded me that there is the “entertainment center” that fits in our living room to house the TV . . . and “centers of entertainment” that house people.

I meant the latter. :mrgreen:

jannatwrites - February 6, 2014

I know 🙂 would be even funnier if it was the former. Just strikes me funny that these days we need entertainment places to keep us occupied, and a historical site could’ve been lost to one.

nrhatch - February 6, 2014

What would we DO without our entertainment centers, movie theaters, sports arenas, and shopping malls? 😛

ACK! We might have to sit down and TALK with each other!

10. Tokeloshe - February 7, 2014

Wow, that is exciting!
I would love to hear more about your GGGGGGGrandmother.

nrhatch - February 7, 2014
Tokeloshe - February 7, 2014

Thank you.
You Never Cease to Amaze Me.

nrhatch - February 7, 2014

Cool! I hate to be too predictable. 😉

11. bluebee - February 9, 2014

Was your 7g-grandmother a witch? 😯

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

She was one of 19 accused witches hung in Salem in 1692. She has since been pardoned of all witchery and wrong-doing.

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