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Secrets of Miami Circle, known as America's Stonehenge, lie buried[Florida]
Orlando Sentinel ^ | 02 Jan 2008 | Manya Bell

Posted on 01/03/2008 1:08:31 PM PST by BGHater

The 2,000-year-old site remains under temporary protection laid in 2003.

Nine years ago, an array of American Indians, environmentalists, preservationists, New Age spiritualists, diviners, even Cub Scouts rose up to save the Miami Circle, a 2,000-year-old artifact that many embraced as America's own Stonehenge.

But today, the Circle -- a series of loaf-shaped holes chiseled into the limestone bedrock at the mouth of the Miami River -- is interred beneath bags of sand and gravel, laid over the formation in 2003 to protect it from the elements.

And though taxpayers shelled out $27.6 million to purchase the 38-foot Circle and its surrounding two acres, visitors to the site's planned archaeological park likely will never see the actual work of some of Miami's earliest inhabitants.

"At this point, we don't know a way," said Ryan Wheeler, Florida's state archaeologist. "Maybe in 50 or 100 years archaeologists will have all kinds of technology . . . that we can't imagine today."

The reburial was supposed to be temporary, while officials settled on a plan to manage and display the Circle, which has inspired as many theories about its origin and function as it has claims about its spiritual energy and mystical powers.

Wheeler and other experts who have studied the Circle think the holes were dug by the Tequesta Indians to support wooden posts for a tribal center or other important structure. But it has been theorized to be everything from a celestial observatory to a landing pad for aliens.

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: archaeoastronomy; circle; florida; godsgravesglyphs; megaliths; miami; miamiriver; stonehenge; tequesta; tequestatribe

Aerial photo of the Miami Circle. The septic tank is in the middle to the far left of the circle.

The Miami circle is totally different than: Coral Castle. http://www.coralcastle.com/

1 posted on 01/03/2008 1:08:33 PM PST by BGHater
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To: BGHater

They can’t put up a roof and a fence?


2 posted on 01/03/2008 1:10:30 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Veto!

All types of preservation, be it open space, everglades restoration, historical and archaeological preservation, in the state of FL has been severely curtailed at the Federal level to pay for the war in Iraq, and at the state level due to precipitously dropping property tax and retail and wholesale sales tax receipts.

It’s a shame, historic 19th century buildings in central Oralndo and Miami and Tampa have been sold off and demolished, the Everglades restoration project is dead in the water for at least the next 3 years, before even 1% of the project was finished on the ground, and open space advocates have lost almost all battles against rapacious land developers in Central and South Florida.

This circle in Miami is so low on the list of sites to preserve it will only remain intact due to neglect, benign neglect at best.


3 posted on 01/03/2008 1:19:40 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander
All types of preservation, be it open space, everglades restoration, historical and archaeological preservation, in the state of FL has been severely curtailed at the Federal level to pay for the war in Iraq, and at the state level due to precipitously dropping property tax and retail and wholesale sales tax receipts.

Like Florida can't preserve its own history without Uncle Sugar Daddy...?

4 posted on 01/03/2008 1:25:55 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SunkenCiv

bump for the list.

Related article you indexed to GGG in 2003:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/937103/posts


5 posted on 01/03/2008 1:28:12 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander

Thaks for the info, no matter how depressing. I do hope the glades survive. Years ago when I lived in Naples, I thoroughly enjoyed driving home from Miami on 42 at night with the sunroof open to let the scent and sounds of the swamp in — for awhile. Of course I worried about snakes dropping in from overhanging trees — but not very much.


6 posted on 01/03/2008 1:29:32 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: BGHater

“landing pad for aliens”

That’s got my vote.


7 posted on 01/03/2008 1:30:11 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BGHater

$28 million for 2 acres??

Perhaps they could find a private party to lease the property and create a covered research facility to study the circle, teaching opportunities, science center and charge the public to view the activities, etc.??

Our family years ago went to a dinosaur dig site and the kids (and me!) loved it. Seeing the bones, footprints, and watching the paleontoligists working on them with one as a guide. Walked on boardwalks right next to the work and got close-up views of everything.


8 posted on 01/03/2008 1:37:18 PM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory. ------ www.gohunter08.com ------)
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To: BGHater
"America's Stonehenge"?

I thought that was in NH?

9 posted on 01/03/2008 1:38:59 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: BenLurkin
Aliens for sure.

Why else do you think the government paid so much money for the site and then only to cover it up (literally) with dirt. ;)

10 posted on 01/03/2008 1:39:05 PM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory. ------ www.gohunter08.com ------)
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To: Calvin Locke

Seems like a lot of prehistoric ruins qualify as ‘something or other’ Stonehenge. North Salem might actually be related to the Stonehenge in England.


11 posted on 01/03/2008 1:42:26 PM PST by RightWhale (Dean Koonz is good, but my favorite authors are Dun and Bradstreet)
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To: geopyg
"We had no choice Agent Mulder..."
12 posted on 01/03/2008 1:44:30 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Calvin Locke
http://www.stonehengeusa.com/
13 posted on 01/03/2008 1:48:02 PM PST by BGHater (If Guns Cause Crime Then Matches Cause Arson?)
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To: BGHater
America's real henge:

http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/~sgb/SillyPictures/Carhenge.jpg

14 posted on 01/03/2008 2:04:47 PM PST by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: geopyg

$28 million for 2 acres??

I agree with you. After reading that, claims that FL doesn’t have enough money to pay for the preservation of its historic sites sound more like a racket to me.

It would be interesting to see who got that bonus from the taxpayers and what ties that person had with the local government.


15 posted on 01/03/2008 2:06:11 PM PST by battlecry
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To: Paladin2

16 posted on 01/03/2008 2:06:45 PM PST by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: BenLurkin
I'm going with the first hurricane warning center.

Bordered by both a river and an ocean? The holes could have been used for season indicators or counters visible to fishermen, etc.

But if you want a UFO landing pad: The World’s First UFO Landing Pad is in St. Paul Alberta

17 posted on 01/03/2008 2:09:03 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: BGHater

If this was truly an Indian artifact, it should be returned to the Indians so that they can put a Casino and Hotel there. It’s only fair.


18 posted on 01/03/2008 2:10:04 PM PST by barryg
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To: BGHater

It’s the septic tank that gives it mystical powers.


19 posted on 01/03/2008 2:12:09 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: RightWhale
Nah. I have friends that went there. While it does have some interesting geological features, they cherry-picked stones to come up with some sort of calendar function, iirc.

It wasn't like it stood out.

Although, I think they did trademark "America's Stonehenge".

But it's been a while since my friends talked about it.

20 posted on 01/03/2008 2:20:43 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: BGHater

Somebody has been industriously piling field rock into something recognizable. Before it was fenced off and got made into some kind of museum it was a few big stones and a lot of large stones kind of in a meaningless heap like it got picked over by farmers for a couple hundred years. There was the big sacrifice stone still there.


21 posted on 01/03/2008 2:56:53 PM PST by RightWhale (Dean Koonz is good, but my favorite authors are Dun and Bradstreet)
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To: BGHater
Little known fact...

Ringling Brothers started off in South Florida with just one 38 ft. round ring. Seriesly! Look it up!

Did they find any, like, reeeal old elephant dung?

22 posted on 01/03/2008 3:08:04 PM PST by FishTale
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To: barryg

Welcome to the Lucky Circle Casino and hotel!
Why take a chance anywhere else
Only out tables are in perfect alignment with the mystic wheel!
Visit the Mystic wheel and museum on the ground floor.


23 posted on 01/03/2008 3:20:45 PM PST by DUMBGRUNT (Life is Good!)
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24 posted on 01/04/2008 8:40:52 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________Profile updated Sunday, December 30, 2007)
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To: BGHater

“Catherine Hummingbird Ramirez, a self-styled Carib tribal queen..”

???????????????


25 posted on 01/04/2008 1:40:49 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: BenLurkin

“landing pad for aliens”

On balloons - from Mexico.


26 posted on 01/04/2008 1:42:25 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: ZULU

IIRC the Caribs were cannibals.

I suggest not letting the barbecue sauce drip on your hands if you and she ever have lunch together.

8^)


27 posted on 01/04/2008 1:46:53 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

I wonder what she looks like?


28 posted on 01/04/2008 1:49:47 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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29 posted on 01/04/2008 2:17:11 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Ben Lurkin you have a good sense of humor.


30 posted on 01/04/2008 8:04:39 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: BGHater
That point where the river meets the bay must have been paradise 2000+ years ago.


31 posted on 01/04/2008 8:21:08 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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