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Discovery of Ancient Village Complicates Massive Miami Development Project

Archaeologists have discovered what may be "the earliest prehistoric town plan ever found in eastern North America" where the Metropolitan Miami project is to rise. Developers and local officials are discussing how to balance history with progress.

"As work began on one of the last pieces of undeveloped ground in Miami's fast-changing downtown, archaeologists uncovered the site of an American Indian village," reports Greg Allen. Archaeologist Bob Carr believes that "a series of six circles outlined by postholes cut in the bedrock" found at the two-acre site are likely the remains of a 1,500-year-old Tequesta village.

"The developer that owns the site, the MDM Group, says it's pleased with the discoveries there. But it's still moving ahead with plans to build an upscale shopping complex," adds Allen. "The company has said it has signed leases with tenants and plans to have it finished late next year."

"MDM is in discussions with city and county officials about the site, and scenarios for preserving all or part of it."

Full Story: Once An Ancient Village, Soon An Entertainment Complex?

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