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Concentric circles found across from Miami Circle site

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  • Susan
    MinnesotaStan, Ancient Waterways Society, PreColumbian Inscriptions friend, I am enclosing this Archeo News article w/Miami Circle update I found via the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27, 2005
      MinnesotaStan, Ancient Waterways Society, PreColumbian Inscriptions

      I am enclosing this Archeo News article w/Miami Circle update I
      found via the Ancient World Blog Stonehenge web site.

      The Miami Circle site is of special interest to me, first of all
      because I was born on an Army Air Force base during WWII not far
      from the site, and secondly because of two visits to Miami to
      support the culturally diverse assembly of elders and supporters
      stationed at the Circle a few years ago, just prior to the 2 1/2
      acre imminent domain decision in favor of the ancient ruins. I
      recall at that time chatting at the "fence" with members of the
      site's archaeological team, Dr. Robert Carr and Historic
      Preservation Specialist, John Ricisak, the prediction there
      would be another discovery across the river beneath the parking lot
      mentioned in the article. I believe it was Ricisak, also, who told
      me there were layers and layers of civilizations present along
      Miami's old and ancient riverbanks/shoreline sites, the waters
      heavily polluted and long impenetrable for extensive underwater
      archeological research.

      Keep in mind, these important 2000+ year old sites are not too far
      under what might prove to be the top layer.

      If anyone is aware of recent updates re: the Cuban-Canadian
      underwater discovery at 2600 foot depths off the Cuba coast, please
      post it or email the article or URL to me.


      article From Archeo News:
      Stone Pages > Archaeo News > Two concentric rings found in Miami...

      27 February 2005

      Two concentric rings found in Miami

      Archaeologists exploring the heart of downtown Miami (Florida, USA)
      have unearthed two concentric rings of ancient post holes
      reminiscent of the Miami Circle that members of the same team
      discovered directly across the river in 1998. ''We have found
      another of those missing pieces of Miami history, beautifully
      preserved under a parking lot,'' said archaeologist Bob Carr of
      Davie, who also was instrumental in the discovery of the Circle.
      The now-famous Miami Circle is 38 feet wide and sits on the
      south bank of the Miami River. It attracted worldwide interest,
      stirred considerable controversy and ended up blocking a major
      development. The newly discovered circles create a 36-foot-wide
      feature - apparently marking the foundation of a prehistoric house -
      and were found on the north bank of the river, at the sprawling
      Metropolitan Miami development site near the InterContinental Hotel.
      Though major differences exist between the Miami Circle and the
      concentric circles, Carr said they both are about 2,000 years old
      and share the same creators - the Tequesta tribe, South Florida's
      original occupants. The Tequesta lived on both sides of the river
      for as long as 2,500 years. By 1763, they were gone, rendered
      extinct by European explorers and the diseases they carried. ''Now,
      we have another physical, material record of people who were here
      before us - that continuity, that sense of place that is really
      important,'' Carr said as his team dug out and marked new
      discoveries, including the jaw bone of a dog found buried just
      outside the concentric circles. He noted that the new circles are
      close to the original shoreline and apparently helped form one of
      many ancient house foundations that could be unearthed as the
      exploration continues.
      The purpose of the double ring of circles is unclear: The house
      might have had two sets of posts, Carr said, or a larger house might
      have replaced the original one. In any event, archaeologists believe
      that gaps in the pattern of holes show a doorway on the northern
      edge and possibly on the southern edge of the formation. More
      elaborate and substantial than the concentric circles, the Miami
      Circle is comprised of 26 carved basins and apparently had
      ceremonial and possibly commercial purposes over the centuries,
      making it far more worthy of preservation, Carr said. The concentric
      circles are quite different, he said. "These are much more subtle
      holes,'' Carr said. "They are much smaller, just large enough to
      support posts.'' The team found beads and crushed animal shells in
      some of the holes. Elsewhere on the development site, it found some
      scattered human bones and thousands of beads, pottery shards and
      other artifacts.
      Ryan Wheeler, chief of the state's Bureau of Archaeological
      Research, said he saw the concentric circles and wanted to learn
      more about what else was found there, but he tended to agree that
      the discovery would not affect development. ''It certainly seems
      like it has some similarities to the Miami Circle,'' Wheeler
      said, "but maybe it will have a different trajectory.'' Among other
      things, he and Carr said, the discovery should end any doubt about
      the authenticity of the Miami Circle. Some critics have suggested
      that the Circle was formed by phenomena like rain or runoff from a
      nearby sewage pipe. "Scientifically, this really cements the
      validity of the Miami Circle," Carr said.

      Source: Miami Herald (23 February 2005)

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