History of the Miami Circle

Miami, Florida

In 1998 workers were demolishing an apartment building near the mouth of the Miami River when they bumped into remnants of pre-historic Miami. After a battle over the rights of the land, archaeologists finally began digging and soon determined it was the site of the Miami Circle.

Click here for link to learn more about the Miami Circle from the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.

Image of Miami Circle Archaeological Site
This website provides an interview of the chief archaeologist and many other links to information and chronology on the South Florida Indian settlement and their subsequent adaptation to the land.  The format is very logical and the colors are peaceful and do not distract the user.  I found that accessing the site for this topic allowed me to explore the site even further, discovering more about the history of the region and resources of the museum.

Archaeologists concluded the circle was the location of a Tequesta Indian Village. To learn more about Miami Tribe History click here.

Mural depicting the Miami Circle under construction
This site gives a very direct account of the Indians’ history and lineage, also including associated information on treaties, villages, bands, and chiefs.  Given that there are no images, I felt the site was successful in displaying basic material in only text format.  Unfortunately, the sources were not cited.

Click here to read article by Jerald T. Milanich, curator in archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, who argues that the Miami Circle was merely a septic tank!
Aerial view from Milanich's article "American Scene: Much Ado About a Circle " in Archaeology magazine, Volume 52 Number 5, September/October 1999
A critical view of a hot archaeological or preservation issue such as the Miami Circle is always beneficial.  This link is to an article by a scholar who does just that - criticizes, trying to figure out the real meaning of the place.  This site also provides links to additional articles on the subject, and furthermore, offers a very good resource for other archaeological topics.

Website created by Ellen Buckley for Prof. J. Cohen HSPV 600: Documentation and Archival Research

October 1, 2005 (revised October 3, 2005)