Discovery of Native American village threatens to halt downtown Miami development

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Posted on February 5, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 7:31 PM

MIAMI – The discovery of the remains of an extensive Native American village below downtown Miami could bring a halt to a multi-million construction project, Walter Makaula of CBS Miami reports.

Archaeologists have uncovered foundation post holes under an asphalt parking lot for what they believe were Tequesta Indian dwellings that could date back 2,000 year. The site, where the Miami River meets Biscayne Bay, could be one of the most significant prehistoric sites of its kind in the country.

“It would be ideal for Miami to have this part of its history preserved,” said Ryan Franklin of the Florida-based Archaeological and Historical Conservancy who was hired to survey the site.

Miami-based MDM Development Group plans to build movie theaters, restaurants and a hotel on the two-acre site. The City of Miami has already granted zoning and development approvals.

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