South Florida archaeologist Bob Carr has discovered what he believes to be remnants of a Tequesta Indian village dating back up to 2,000 years at the downtown Miami constructions site of Met 3.
Thousands of Tequesta artifacts and pieces of Henry Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel have been found at the two-acre Met Square site. MDM Development group has zoning and development approvals for a movie theatre, reastaurants, and a 34 story apartment building. The City of Miami has not given MDM a final building permit, which could significantly alter current project plans. State and Miami-Dade County historic preservationists are seeking alternatives to save at least some of the archaeological site.
MDM Development Group has offered to carve out limestone holding one or two of the larger dwellings on the site for public display.