Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

February 12, 2014

Ancient Tequesta tribe's presence discovered in Miami

By Ben Morris Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — Archaeologists digging at a site in downtown Miami recently discovered a series of post holes at the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, revealing the presence of an ancient Tequesta tribe that lived there until the 1700s.

The post holes were dug into the limestone that makes up Miami’s bedrock. The holes once held pine posts that framed thatched huts. The site was likely home to as many as a thousand people.

In addition, archaeologists found indications suggesting structures that may have been boardwalks along the waterfronts.

This story was brought to my attention by Larry Hagan.

Ben Morris, MA, RPA, writes history and archaeology-related columns for the Daily News. He can be reached at 812-932-0298 or through email at bjmorris1935@gmail.com.