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Monday, June 7, 2010

The Mysterious Miami Circle

While in Miami, I discovered that America has its own Stonehenge that lies buried in downtown Miami. Also called the Miami Circle, the Native American archaeological site was discovered about eleven years ago underneath an old apartment building.  Archaeologists, historians, and other experts believe that circle is the creation of the Tequesta Indians, who roamed the lower half of the Florida peninsula for centuries hunting fish and alligators. That in itself didn't bring worldwide attention to the site. It was the formation of the circle that had archaeologists, historians, environmentalists, Native Americans and others running to the site.
Archeologists have discovered a perfect circle measuring 38 feet in diameter, with 24 irregular cut basins, ranging in size from one to three feet. Some experts believe the basins depict the images of sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, manatees, shrimp and other marine animals. Centuries or millennium after its creation, the formation still seems sacred because of its apparent function as a temple or astronomical device. The structure has 41 potholes on each side of the circle's align="left" along the east-west axis. It measures the precise outlines of the autumnal equinox (the time when the sun crosses the equator, making night and day equal in duration) and the summer and winter solstices (the northern and southern extremes of the sun's seasonal travel through the sky. (

The Miami Circle has a mystical alignment to the sun like the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Carbon dating suggests that the site may date back to at least 2,000 years or even beyond. There are alternative theories of what the circle might have been or used for. The formation of the circle has been linked to the Mayans because of the placement of the stones in the circles, suggesting it was an astronomical observatory, but no other facts supported this theory. There is also the theory that it could have been a part of Atlantis or perhaps even Aliens. The truth is the experts don't know. It's another one of those great mysteries of the universe. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you decide to visit the site you need to know that you have to drive over the Miami Bridge to see it and it is protected by a fence. Once there, you can barely see the post or holes. But if you're a serious student of truth, you might want to get as close as you can to the circle to intuit your own theory about it. Good luck.

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