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Sacred Geography: The Prehistoric Settlement System

Robert S. Carr

in Digging Miami

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813042060
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813042060.003.0007
Sacred Geography: The Prehistoric Settlement System

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This chapter explores some of the principal sites of Miami-Dade County, documenting the history of archaeological research at each of them. The sites are described, in part, from the perspective of a canoe trip leaving the town of Tequesta at the mouth of the Miami River, westward into the Everglades and then returning to the coast and onto the barrier islands of Biscayne Bay. The discussion ends at the Cutler site in south Biscayne Bay. Presented for the first time is new information gleaned from archival records and obscure publications as well as results of recent investigations at each of these sites. The mystery of the dual settlements on the banks of the Miami River is discussed: the south bank settlement apparently abandoned by AD 1200, while the north bank village continues to the time of European conquest.

Keywords: Tequesta; Madden's Hammock; Trail Site; Surfside; Cutler

Chapter.  9886 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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