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Miami Circle

“The Miami Circle at Brickell Point” is a historic monument in Miami, Florida, which has enormous national significance in US history. Miami Circle (Miami Circle) with a diameter of 11.5 m, containing 24 large holes and many small grooves, carved out of limestone rock - one of the most mysterious places in North America.

The archaeological value located on the bank of the river, in the center of the city, almost lost during the construction of a luxurious skyscraper in 1998, is the only evidence of the existence of pre-historic Indian settlements on the east coast.

Photo Miami Circle at Brickell Point

The origin of the mysterious circle in Miami

The emergence of a unique (nothing like this has ever been found in Florida) of a historical artifact associated with the Indian tribe of the test (Tequesta). This is the main theory, which was substantiated by the archeologist and representative of the US Historical Society Robert Carr, who conducted the excavation of the circle in Miami.

Scientists have determined the approximate age of the facility - 2000 years. However, this period, according to historical information from the 16th century, is not characterized by Indian tribes living in the south of Florida. The construction of any structures was also not discussed.

Theories of the origin of the artifact, in addition to the main, there were several:

  • built by the Olmec South American tribe who knew how to make amazing objects of stone from stone;
  • created by the Mayan civilization;
  • The circle in Miami originated from natural processes.

All these assumptions were rejected by scientists and archaeologists, because there is no evidence of the Olmec and Mayan tribes in Florida, and the form of the find clearly indicated the man-made circle.

Photos of the mysterious circle in Miami

Issues of architectural design

The proven prehistoric origin of the circle raised many questions about the purpose of its use by the tribe of the test. Three versions were considered:

  1. Religious building (temple).
  2. House chief of the tribe.
  3. The basis for the platform on the pillars, raising the houses of the village above the ground.

Based on the data available to researchers, the Indians who lived at the mouth of the river did not build capital houses, any buildings or monuments. They hunted deer and alligators, engaged in fishing, making long canoeing in search of manatees and sharks.

Also in the Miami Circle, archaeologists found two basalt ax butts, the volcanic material of which has never been found on the shores of Florida. Presumably, the textbook acquired them or exchanged them from other tribes living in the territory of modern Georgia. In the circle, valuable for the Indians things, put as a result of offerings, which confirmed the first two theories of destination Miami Circle.

The hole in the shape of the eye, the 1.5-meter skeleton of a shark located on the eastern side of the circle, the cranium shell, with its head also facing east, spoke in favor of the find as places for performing rites. However, further studies of the sites of other Indian tribes, revealed a clear difference from their range:

  • lack of a central place for a fire;
  • the presence of holes around the circular perimeter, which called into question the possibility of using a circle on the surface of the earth.

Miami Circle and its secrets

Miami Circle in Brickell as confirmation of the story

At the mouth of the river, scientists discovered exhibits by the age of up to 2500 years. A comparative analysis of the objects found (fragments from dishes, animal bone products, tools) with the findings stored in the museum of the city of Miami as things of the test tribe showed their complete coincidence.

The location of the Miami Circle, on the shores of the bay, is characterized by strong winds, hurricanes and dangerous tides. Given these characteristics, the researchers suggested that the test Indians raised their houses above the ground with pillars. The latter did not support the walls, so the holes do not have a clear structure. The wooden pillars supported the platform where the house was built.

In a humid Florida climate, wooden supports needed constant replacement, for which new excavations were made in the limestone platform. Similar cuttings in the limestone found around suggest that there was a large settlement in this place. Circles, found later, with similar holes, were also built about 2500 years ago.

All the previously described history of the life of the tribe tekestest is refuted by the results of the study of the circle in Miami. The first settlers of South Florida settled life on this territory not from the 16th century, as history claims, but much earlier, in prehistoric times, being able to erect buildings that protected and protected their lives.

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