Prehistoric Human Remains Found at Miami Luxury-Condo Site

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Find could cause delays, modifications to Baccarat-branded tower project by developer Related Group

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Miami building regulations require developers to check sites in certain areas for archaeological impact before breaking ground. Sometimes that process takes only a short time.

But archaeologists in April 2021 sent the city a “notice of discovery” and, since then, have been studying the Related Group site. Now they have reported that they have found human remains and post holes indicating the footprint of a prehistoric structure.

Adrian Espinosa-Valdor, the historic-preservation planner and acting city archaeologist, said the findings are evidence of a civilization known as the Tequesta that existed more than 2,000 years ago. “One of the human remains was a cranium that was found almost 6 feet underground,” Mr. Espinosa-Valdor said in a presentation to a neighborhood group. “It was intentionally buried, perhaps ceremonial.”

A summer 2021 report from the team of archaeologists working on the site for Related Group states that the site is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. “The site provides important data documenting prehistoric culture, subsistence, and settlement patterns in south Florida,” the report states. “It is recommended that intact portions of the site be avoided if feasible.”

In a written statement, Related Group said it has “a long history of collaborating with local officials to carefully excavate sites and preserve archaeological finds according to current laws and practices. This is not unusual for construction projects in this area and has not delayed our development plans.”

Once the archaeological excavation is complete, the city’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board will make a final determination based on Miami’s codes as well as guidelines from the US Interior Department, according to city officials. In the past, actions by the board have resulted in delays, modification and—in one case—cancellation.

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