Saving the Miami Circle

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In 1999 we received a call to let us know that a significant archaeological site was scheduled to be bulldozed and buried by the development of one more concrete monster.

At the mouth of the Miami River, what was quickly dubbed "The Miami Circle," respected archaeologists ran measurements and calculated that the formation of a circle, 1700 to 2000 years ago, was brilliantly done. They likened the circle to Stonehenge in the United Kingdom. It was demonstrated how the stones that once were placed by Indians in the form of a circle would indicate the seasons by measuring shadowsó- with an impossible knowledge of the universe and how it works.

Vision Earth Society started with an emergency effort to put a web camera on the site to make it possible to monitor efforts to bulldoze the site.

In fact, the construction company hired to do the initial destruction of unique and important archaeological artifacts was conscience-driven to refuse to drop the blade of the bulldozer after learning about the history of the site.

Vision Earth Society created fundraising jewelry and posters and worked to gather support and donations from the public to add to the money making the developer whole and causing the site to become a publicly owned park which it is today.

Coast to Coast AM via Art Bell and Richard Hoagland was reporting every step of the way what was happening at the Circle site. Vision Earth video teams documented, on video, the rallies of public support for Saving The Circle.

The Miami Circle has been saved. There is no concrete monster on top of what is an archaeological wonder.

On February 5, 2002, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on January 16, 2009.

Visit Vision Earth's original web site, www.MiamiCircle.org, created when the world wide web was still in its infancy.

Learn more about the Miami Circle on Wikipedia.




 
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Dig 01

A photo from the initial archeological dig ... [Read More]

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The Park Today

Miami Circle Park in 2011. Photo by Marc Averette ... [Read More]